Erkka Nissinen’s absurdist approach to reality creates humoristic and often obscene situations. His work discloses a critical take on the difficulties of social interaction, philosophy, and on the language of media—such as children’s television, educational programs, or porn, which are often all mashed up into one. Nissinen’s body of work contains videos, performances, music scores, sound tracks and installations.
His video works mix clumsy acting with the glossy images of HD video and computer animation to create eccentric and inimitable visuals. In his ‘dark room installations’ Nissinen combines objects, sound, light and video. With these four components he illuminates various objects at different moments and creates an associative narrative around them.
The latest video installation that will be on show during Liste 2016 is ‘What is Community’, an animated film with a voice over done by Nissinen. All the original drawings that are used in the video will be presented as part of the installation. A selection of earlier videos and paintings will accompany this solo presentation at Liste.
VENICE BIENNALE 2017
Next to this, we are delighted to announce that Erkka Nissinen is selected for the Pavilion of Finland during the 57th Venice Biennale with a proposal for ‘The Aalto Natives’, a project in collaboration with Nathaniel Mellors, who he met during his residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 2007. The exhibition at the Pavilion of Finland is curated by Xander Karskens, who has worked with both Nissinen and Mellors in solo exhibitions at ‘de Hallen’ in Haarlem, which holds work of both artists in their collection.
Nissinen has had exhibitions at de Hallen, Haarlem, Art Parcours/Art Basel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, M+, Hong Kong, Helsinki City Art Museum’s Kluuvi Gallery and 1646, The Hague. In 2007-2008, he was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2011 Nissinen won the Illy Prize for his video Rigid Regime during Art Rotterdam and in 2013 he received the AVEK award for media arts, Helsinki.
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