CAA - Contemporary Art Archipelago

Kalleinen, Kochta-Kalleinen & Andersson

Tellervo Kalleinen (b. 1975) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (b. 1971) live and work in Helsinki, on the island of Vartiosaari. Henrik Andersson (b. 1971) is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen have worked together since 2003. They are internationally known for the works realised usually in close collaboration with different communities. These dialogues with the sites and their inhabitants, and the collections of local stories, are distilled into short films. With great insight they draw out, for example, the absurdity of the everyday encounters, structures and patterns that form our sense of communality, for better and for worse.

While giving voice to the participants with their personal narratives, the works simultaneously allow for empathy with and critical distance from the forms of community produced and rethought in the works. Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen are widely known for the project Complaints Choir, which has now spread as a model across the globe. It is a great example of how their practice allows for seemingly negative emotions and behaviour to be turned into a force that brings people together. Recently they have also examined, amongst others, the desires and conflicts played out at work places (I Love My Job), the unconscious of a nation as demonstrated through the Finnish people’s dreams of their president (Dreamland), and the experiences of mental health patients (People in White). They are also continuing the project Micronations now with the YKON group, which they are active members of.

Swedish filmmaker and photographer Henrik Andersson is working together with Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen in the production of a new work for CAA, Archipelago Science Fiction. Andersson is known for his award winning short films Weekend (2006) and Picknick (2010), where romantic Nordic nature forms a scene for highly staged psychological dramas with a strong dose of black humour. His first collaboration with Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen took place in Gothenburg 2006 when he was the director of photography for I Love My Job ( Andersson founded his own production company Optical Recordings in 2008.

The artists have taken part in e.g. the Biennales of Busan (2008) and Singapore (2006) and have had solo exhibitions at e.g. Gallery Artra (Milano 2010), Sparwasser (Berlin 2006, 2007), Kiasma (Helsinki 2004). Other exhibitions include Ars Electronica Center (Linz 2010), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo 2009), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre (NY 2008), Göteborg Kunsthalle (2008), NGBK (Berlin 2008), Moca Taipei (2006), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel 2006), Hamburger Kunsthalle (2006), Momentum (Norway 2006), MAMBA (Buenos Aires 2004).

Archipelago Science Fiction