Persons Projects | Helsinki School is thrilled to present Jaakko Kahilaniemi's first solo exhibition Mining Your Business. The exhibition presents photographic works from Kahilaniemi‘s series Nature Like Capital (ongoing series since 2018), in which he explores the complex and contradictory relationship today’s exploitative society has with nature and the difficulties in finding a mutual path for a future. In his works he questions the role of the individual in the environmental degradation caused by global climate change. Jaakko Kahilaniemi works as a visual artist and photographer in Finland and is part of the Helsinki School movement. He is drawn to places of radical interference between humans and natural forces, whether it be environmental pollutions or the aftermath of a forest fire. Kahilaniemi captures his surroundings with the directness of black-and-white photography, letting the image speak for itself, yet always includes a playful and poetic visual twist. His visual language unveils its secrets by challenging the viewers to step outside their preconceived comfort zones and look at the broader context of where we fit into the nature of all things.
Jaakko Kahilaniemi was born in 1989 in Toijala, Finland. He lives and works in Helsinki. Kahilaniemi studied Photography at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, where he graduated in 2018. His work was presented in group exhibitions, including New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School, Taidehalli (Helsinki, 2021), A Fresh Freeze From the North!, Kunsthalle St. Annen (Lübeck, 2020) and Nurture, Nature, Galerie David Behning (Düsseldorf, 2020), and solo exhibitions, including, 100 Hectares of Understanding, The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki, 2016). He was a finalist for the Grand Prix Tokyo International Photo Competition in 2019, won the ING Unseen Talent Award at Unseen Amsterdam in 2018 and was a finalist for the grand prix du jury photographien at the Festival de Hyères in 2018.
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