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, artists pilgrimage sight in Berlin par excellence, to live and witness the last days of the hotels existence. Abandoned by the artists and guests that had brought the hotel to life for the past 40 years, Kannisto took the opportunity to breathe in the kaleidoscopic range of rooms, electric past and niches bearing witness to all its history, as an inexhaustible inspiration for the series Hotel Bogota.
– Shao-lan Hertel