The practice of Finnish artist Hertta Kiiski moves seamlessly between photography, video, textiles, and installation. Known for her immersive and mixed-media installations – Kiiski’s work addresses complex relationships with the planet and ways to coexist with other species and with the environment. The works exist in a framework of love – the representation of interrelations between humans and other-than-humans. In addition to working with animals, she has also collaborated for over a decade with her daughters and niece. Kiiski creates spaces for seeing, breathing, and listening with all senses working through hospitality and sensitivity to space, even dramaturgically.
She has an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and a BA in Photography from Turku Arts Academy. Kiiski´s work has been presented at numerous galleries, museums and photo festivals internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition Primeval Soup at Turku Art Museum (Finland), Milky Way at PhotoIreland, Silent Spring at Hafnarborg Museum (Iceland), and a retrospective exhibition Violet Sea at the Finnish Museum of Photography. Her second book “I was an apple and I got peeled – but it was a good thing” was published in 2016 (Kehrer Verlag, Berlin). Her work is in the permanent collection of Kiasma in Helsinki.
Genre: Photography, posthumanism, new materialism, hydrofeminism, ecofeminism