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Kaija Kiuru


Studio Mustanapa
Kairatie 3, Rovaniemi, Finland

Tuesday-Thursday at 12-18
Friday at 11-17
Saturday at 12-16

Dactylorhiza and the Vanishing Landscape

The visual artist Kaija Kiuru’s exhibition Dactylorhiza and the Vanishing Landscape is one part of the Protected Aapa Mire project, which through art takes a stand on the protection of the Viiankiaapa mire.

Viiankiaapa in Kiuru’s home municipality Sodankylä is one of the largest and most versatile aapa mires in Europe and therefore belongs to both the National Mire Protection Programme and the EU Natura 2000 network. Since the year 2004, AA Sakatti Mining owned by British-based, globally operating Anglo American has been searching for ores in the area. The nickel-copper deposit discovered so far is considered so significant that the company aims at starting mining operations in the area.  

Kaija Kiuru made her first works of art commenting on the conflict between protection and mining plans in 2012 and gradually, individual works came to form an entire project. Protected Aapa Mire consists of Kiuru’s exhibitions and a book about Viiankiaapa, which will be published in 2019. The book, which connects art and science, will be produced in cooperation between Kaija Kiuru and PhD Timo Helle.

One objective of the Protected Aapa Mire project is to stimulate debate on the relative weight between economic and environmental aspects. In addition to her own mire experiences, the origin of Kaija Kiuru’s works of art is in scientific research data, the livelihood history of Viiankiaapa and mining plans threatening the area.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. 

Artwork: From the series Vanishing Landscape, 2016. Pigment print on aluminium, edition 1/5.

More information:
Kaija Kiuru
+358-40- 7059265