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Country of Birth : Finland
Resident : Finland
Title : Photographer
|Statement and research
Kalle Kataila's latest landscape photos are landscapes devoid of any metaphors. Kataila has constructed the photos using aesthetics, harmony, distance and division of the image into clean lines. The essence of the landscapes is expressed aptly in a line from Eeva-Liisa Manner's poem Speculation:
An early starting point for Kataila's photography was the notion of landscape, inherited from the romantic movement, in which nature was an object of admiration. People would travel long distances to see some particular view, and the emotions evoked by it were at times almost like a religious revelation. This mode of looking put the viewer in contact with the landscape. The landscape became a mirror that reflected the viewer's emotional experience, and also affirmed the viewer's sense of unity with nature.
Another early starting point for Kataila was the representation of space. In the series Avara kosketus, the sky seems to go on forever beyond the boundaries of the photo. The figure standing or sitting beneath the sky seems to be experiencing a moment without beginning or end. Although these photos can be said to depict landscapes, they are not about vantage points or sights in the usual sense of the words. The sites have been discovered in the spirit of romanticism, while the photos themselves seem to reveal an experience in which presence in the landscape is more important than the place where the experience takes place.
These early starting points are present also in Kalle Kataila's latest landscape photos, in the background, over the horizon or in the air. Using photography's inherent means of image construction, the photos forefront the experience of the sky as sky, the ground as ground, as well as the human figure's experience taking place in a mundane setting, without any interpretation to make it sublime.
Selected exhibitions :
2007 Dis/Connected, APT-gallery London, 31.5.-18.6.07
Helsinki School -spring exhibition, The Finnish Museum of Photography, 1.6.-26.8.07
Space & Identity, Lume -gallery 1.6.-14.6.07
2005 USKO (Theme Faith) -in Finnish contemporary photography, Amos Andersson Art museum, Helsinki Nov 2005 - Jan 2006
Maiseman kanssa kasvokkain, Maahenki publishing, ISBN: 978-952-5652-02-4
USKO (Faith and spirituality in Finnish contemporary photography), 2005, edition 600, ISBN: 951-95372-2-8
Arkipako - photography book and calendar, 2001 Salpausselän kirjapaino, edition 1500
TV&Media: My Rimpoche documentary film, 52 min 2005, ITI Film Group Poland
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