Sanna Kannisto Untitled
Sanna Kannisto
Untitled 8 September - 4 November 2006

Finnish photographer Sanna Kannisto, travels deep into the rainforests of Brazil, French Guiana, and Costa Rica in order to combine and challenge scientific and artistic approaches to visual recognition and classification. Jackson Fine Art is also please to exhibit the series of work that resulted from this expedition,  Private Collection. As she collects various species of plants and animals to photograph in a small constructed ³field studio,² she calls herself a ³visual researcher.² By placing each specimen in this stark white box with black curtains, she puts them on stage, presents them out of context, and ultimately, in each beautiful and delicate photograph, provides an interpretation of nature. Herein is where science and art collide. Kannisto says, ³We want to outline and organize our world. Science and art use similar methods. Both define subjects, classify and document work in progress. Through both, we attempt to possess the world.² In her photographs she reduces the overwhelming vastness of the rainforest into tiny entities for the supposed purpose of understanding, just as science discovered electrons and cameras capture fractions of a second. Kannisto realizes, however, that understanding is limited and total objectivity is impossible. Kannisto¹s techniques, which are both endearing to and critical of art and science, simultaneously work together and against each other to create intriguing and deceptively simple studies of nature.

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