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Poison Dart Frog Males
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Poison Dart Frog Males

 
Sanna Kannisto (FI 1974) currently lives and works in Helsinki. She studied photography both at the Turku School of Art and Communication and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. For her work, Sanna Kannisto ventured into the Latin-American rainforest, where she spent months in research camps with scientists, conducting her own artistic research. In her subjective perspective on the multifarious, exotic fauna and flora of the rainforest, the artist adopts the supposedly objective research and working methods of science, exposing them, however, in her emphasis on the staged and artificial.

Poison Dart Frog Males (2007) portrays male frogs that are bold and fiercely territorial. Male frogs vocalise to seduce females and to defend their territories from other invading males. Their calling and territorial fights can last for several hours. Kannisto’s video shows the frogs calling, chasing and wrestling with each other. The video explores the sexual behaviour of animals, their competitiveness and aggression. When the frogs are removed from their natural surroundings (the forest floor) their fighting becomes absurd and comic. With two individuals pitting their strength against each other before a resolution that always ends in one or the other’s defeat, art can slow down the process of subjugation and can perhaps sometimes even prevent the possibility of domination. Insofar as it requires a capacity for denial, rendering something harmless by humour, art wears out negative forces, changes their form, or simply avoids them. The frog wrestling reminds one of video games, science-fiction stories and the literary genre of magical realism, in which real events are more magical than fictional. DISTRIBUTOR www.frame-fund.fi

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