Turkoosi Kaisu Koivisto Anna NykyriTurkoosi (2023)

(Engl. Turquoise)

The Unknown Baltic Sea exhibition 17.5.–15.9.2023

Suomenlinna’s Levyhalli building, Susisaari

Tue – Thu 12 noon – 6 p.m.  Fri – Sun 12 noon – 4 p.m.

In the Turkoosi video installation, visual artists Kaisu Koivisto and Anna Nykyri examine the colour of the water of the Baltic Sea, which is affected among other things by pollutants, eutrophication and blue algae. Baltic Sea research data is used as indicators of changes in the image flow of the work.

The image layers in Turkoosi show the world of living creatures depicted with the help of a microscope, aquatic plants, waves and sea animals. The work was filmed in the Gulf of Finland, at the Husö Biological Station in the Åland Islands and on Svalbard.

The thematic focus of Kaisu Koivisto’s artistic practice is rooted in the notions of place and landscape. Her interests are rooted in the North, its landscapes and sociopolitical dimensions. Her interest in history leads her to explore abandoned Cold War era military areas in Eastern Europe. In New Nuuk she examines the growth and urbanization of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.

Visual artist, film director, and screenwriter Anna Nykyri lives and works in Helsinki. Nykyri holds an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Art and an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Nykyri uses moving image to create films and cinematic video installations. She has participated in a number of residencies such as ISCP, New York; Barbican Center, London; Cité des Arts, Paris.

Artists: Kaisu Koivisto and Anna Nykyri
Data-based compositing: Roberto Fusco

In co-operation with: curator Henna Paunu, John Nurminen Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Oskar Öflund Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, City of Helsinki, Tony Cederberg / Åbo Akademi University, Finnish Environment Institute / Kari Kallio, Jenni Attila, Vesa Keto and Sea Life Helsinki.

Thanks to: Marko Tandefelt

The Unknown Baltic Sea exhibition is produced and coordinated by the John Nurminen Foundation in collaboration with the exhibition’s curator Henna Paunu (Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA) and the scenographer Kati Lukka (Finnish National Theatre).