Kaarina Kaikkonen

A Connection

Kaarina Kaikkonen

"Where is My Home?" (2012)

“A Connection” (2011)

Site-specific public space installations                                                                                                              

For the United States of Europe exhibition the artist presents new site-specific installations related to the space and to present day Europe.  In each city her work is adapted to a venue and the site. 

The work called "Where is my home?" is a house made of bags and luggage of different kind. It can be seen as a small house that is collapsing or that is not completely constructed. The piece tells a story about the construction of the EU but also different kind of people and states trying to live together, but it's difficult. The work was installed at Helsinki Main Railway station, at Vilnius International Airport and in Guimarães at Plataforma das Artes. This work is also presented in Paris, at Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets.

Another piece “A Connection” was created for the first exhibition in Lodz, Poland. Shirts in many colours and sizes were attached to a long pipe running from a walking zone in the city of Lodz, leading the visitor to the main exhibition space in an old textile factory. ‘A Connection’ represents connections between people and nations. Another version of this piece was also installed on Ermou Street in the old town of Nicosia, Cyprus. Ermou street is just next the UN buffer zone and Turkish occupied Nicosia.

Kaarina is known for her large installation made from men’s jackets, ladies’ shoes, shirts and found objects exhibited in different spaces both in - and outdoors. Since several years back she creates works for numerous art venues and projects across the world. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, for example in the Cairo Biennale 2009, the Liverpool Biennale 2010, the Vancouver biennale 2010 and in the Venice Biennale collateral event, 2011. At the moment Kaarina works on several projects, for example in Italy, in Chile and she recently did an installation at Art Miami.

Kaarina is known for her large installation made from men’s jackets, ladies’ shoes, shirts and found objects exhibited in different spaces both in - and outside. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, most recently in the Cairo Biennale 2009, the Liverpool Biennale 2010, the Vancouver biennale 2010 and in the Venice Biennale collateral event, 2011. At the moment Kaarina works on several projects, for example in Italy, in Chile and she recently did an installation at Art Miami. 

http://www.sculptors.fi/kuvanveistajat/kaikkonenkaarina/teoksia.

My european story

Finland is the best country for me, I love Finland.

My identity is very much Finnish. My parents were born as neighbourghs in Iisalmi, Eastern Finland… For my artistic work I need to travel a lot in Europe, but I do not want to stay more than 1-2 weeks -- my heart is always missing home and my children and husband, also my sisters and relatives. Finland is the best country for me, I love Finland. 



My artwork

My work talks about people, how people from different backgrounds are connected together, about life as a journey...The material is used shirts