Johanna Ketola

Johanna Ketola (b.1978) is a Finnish visual artist based in Jämsä, Finland. She works with the media of moving image, installation, photography and text. Ketola is a MFA graduate at the time-based arts department of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and also studied photography both at the Lahti Institute for Design in Lahti, Finland and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Through a simultaneously analytical and highly intuitive working process, and an interest in the potential of uncanny in mundane, she looks into the human condition and the non-human – seeking for material, semantic or ontological passages around these porous realms. Ketola draws inspiration from music, ritual, the ever altering natural world, body and the questions of language and matter.

During the residency at HIAP I plan to work with an ongoing multi-part, mixed-media installation work ”For G, as Ground” consisting of video, photography, objects, text and performance. At the core of the piece is a five part poem written as a sort of intuitive contemporary lament, yet semantics tend to fall apart. Certain shocking, lived experiences have lead me to a thick sensation of the presence of intertwined, pervious bodies of all scale, that persist as an inspiration and a type of consolation. I aim to articulate this material sensation into words, objects, sound, images and performative gestures. Apart from lived experiences the work is inspired by the tradition of lamenting as a proactive ritual, semiotics, spoken word and matter in all forms. The work has been supported by Arts Promotion Center Finland and Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Johanna Ketola’s residency is part of the HIAP Residency Programme for Finnish and Finland-based artists and art professionals.