Gallery Taik Persons is pleased to present the exhibition Hotel Bogota with previously unseen works by Aino Kannisto on the occasion of the 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin.
Aino Kannisto works within a photographic tradition that combines a documentary style with the dream-like vision of filmmakers. Kannisto uses staged photography as "a way to give meaning to life by sharing a part of the world which otherwise remains private". Her cinematically influenced photographs depict internal emotional landscapes with an eerie tension, a self imposed catharsis.
In 2012, Kannisto was invited to the emblematic Hotel Bogota, artistsrn pilgrimage sight in Berlin par excellence, to live and witness the lastrn days of the hotels existence. Abandoned by the artists and guests that rnhad brought the hotel to life for the past 40 years, Kannisto took the rnopportunity to breathe in the kaleidoscopic range of rooms, electric rnpast and niches bearing witness to all its history, as an inexhaustible rninspiration for the series Hotel Bogota.rn
– Shao-lan Hertelrn