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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Jaakko Kahilaniemi - 100 Hectares of Understanding

Oct 11, 2017

100 Hectares of Understanding is my attempt to understand the 100 hectare area of the forest I own. Throughout adulthood my relationship with the forest has been somewhat discordant and attitude towards my future inheritance has been indifferent. Recent explorations in the forest, and in the world of forestry have managed to provoke my interest towards unfamiliar property of mine.

The 100 Hectares of Understanding project includes both tangible and intangible approaches and visualizations of what forest and forestry mean to me and how the unknown becomes familiar. I study what nature has to offer to urbanized people and I will try to create new ways of thinking and ways to experience and feel the forest.

I arbitrarily mix various types of pictures with each other, and define them as part of a larger visual entity. My method of working is based on open-minded experimentalism. For the unknown to become familiar requires both physical and delicate acts: to nurture and to tame, to master and to yield. My photographs are testimonial, traces of my aspirations towards understanding and awareness. Photography, for me, is a gateway to the very core of my thoughts and imagination.

 

Taking inspiration from Fluxus and the traditions of Arte Povera, I seek to encounter the forest with a playful and open approach. 100 Hectares of Understanding consists of the objects that I’ve found, the acts that I’ve photographed, the sculptures I’ve made and visual secrets that I have created.


Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

About poor art

Oct 17, 2017 - Jaakko Kahilaniemi

carve

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whittle

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think

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carve

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whittle

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think

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sculpting the world

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with natural material

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with one chance

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and

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attempt to

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understand the nature

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and the generations

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because all the answers

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are encoded in to the nature

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already Giuseppe knew it. My favorite, one of them.


About valuability

Oct 15, 2017 - Jaakko Kahilaniemi

shining

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shining

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ruling the world

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everybody wants it

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only few have it

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concept of gold is interesting

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some have tried to do it by themselves

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relating to eternal life

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immunity

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nature like capital


About The Book

Oct 14, 2017 - Jaakko Kahilaniemi

One of the most influential book ever.

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in the world

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and you’re reading it and thinking, something is not right here right now.

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full with violent.

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full with nudity.

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full with propaganda.

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full with bad.

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full with good.

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full with god.

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full with everything .

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that should’t be there.

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cut down your images

(page 74)

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The king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the king, the kings

(page 132)

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my life upon the earth

(page 311)

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my bones, my bread, my skin, for ever

(page 365)

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One of the most influential photobook ever. To me.

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Holy Bible by geniuses Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

 


About performance

Oct 13, 2017 - Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Mission is to understand the world around us.

Mission is to understand what to do differently.

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For example via performative act in the nature.

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If you are a cutter, you are a killer

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If you are a measurer, you are a scientist

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If you are a weigher, you are a thinker

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Trying to think differently is a hard work nowadays.

Everyone else should do the same.

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Like Hamish Fulton, he creates art from walking. From walking. Only from that.


About 100 Hectares

Oct 12, 2017 - Jaakko Kahilaniemi

It’s about forest and forestry

which is about cutting and planting

which is about killing and giving birth

which is about life in general

and it will end up doing every mistake

again and again