Biography

Ville Kansanen (b.1984) is a Finnish multidisciplinary artist based in California. He works with photography, video, painting, installation- and land art.

Ville is an autodidactic lens-based artist, who has been making work since 2006. His work has been featured in several print and online publications such as American Photo Magazine, GUP Magazine, SFAQ and Diffusion Magazine. His awards include a Lucie Award and IPA Fine Art Photographer of the Year. Most recently he was a finalist for Focus PhotoLA. His first book NUMEN was released by Datz Press in 2022. He has exhibited in solo- and group shows internationally.

Ville employs the traditions and techniques of photography, land– and installation art to create work that exists and functions within photographic space. Most of his work is made in the desert where geologic time is made visible; where habitable landscape reaches its terminal state; and where cultural memories of ancient religions remain tangible. It is within those conditions that Ville constructs his images, often from several exposures and over long spans of time. He returns to the same desolate locations year-after-year for weeks at a time. Living and working out of his work truck, he constructs installations from wood, boards, strings, ropes, native rocks- and soil. Often, he will revive and recycle materials from weathered installations, left on-site from previous months and years. Eventually all the materials are collected – leaving no trace of his presence. For Ville, photography presents a space to form an internal spiritual relationship with Nature.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Datz Museum. Seoul, Korea. March 2020. (three-person show)

Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. April, 2017.

Galerie Hiltawsky. Berlin, Germany. March, 2016.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS

Narrative on Medium. Space-Be Gallery. Seoul, Korea. April 2022

Focus PhotoLA Finalists Show. Los Angeles. September 2021

John Chervinsky Scholarship Award Finalists Show. Griffin Museum. Winchester, MA. September 2017

Self-portraits as a Concept. In Focus Galerie. Cologne, Germany. November 2016

Experimenta IV. Galerie 19. Paderborn, Germany. October 2016

Diffusion Annual Show. Asmith Gallery. Johnson City, TX. September 2016

Art Prize Group Show. Paul Collins Gallery. Grand Rapids, MI. September 2016

Docks Art Fair. Lyon, France. September 2016

Mt. Rokko Photo Festival. Kobe, Japan. August 2016

Summersetting. Galerie Hiltawsky. Berlin, Germany. July 2016

Center Forward. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. September 2015

Botanicals. Kat Kiernan Gallery. Lexington, VA. October 2013

Whose Self Portrait. Joy Wai Gallery. New York, NY. June 2011

Synthesis. The Darkroom. New Orleans, LA. 14. May – June 2011

Top 40. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, CA. May 2008

OFCOM Report Exhibition. Charity Auction, London, UK. February 2008

AWARDS

2021 Focus PhotoLA Summer Top 20 (Finalist)

2015 Lucie Awards. Discovery of the Year

2015 International Photography Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

2014 International Kontinent Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Dodho. Natural phenomena; Numen. 2020

Diffusion Magazine. Volume VIII. 2016

Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie. Procession of Spectres. March 2016

Art at Berlin. Procession of Spectres. March 2016

The World Weekly. Procession of Spectres. December 2015

Pixel Magazine. Chronicling Depression. November 2015

American Photo Mag. See the 2015 Lucie Award Winners. October 2015

GUP Magazine. The Procession of Spectres. September 2015

Exposure Awards Magazine. Body Collection. August 2015

SFAQ. Damage Control. August 2015

Rinse.io. Who are we? March 2015

Dodho. February 2015

L’Oeil de la Photographie. February 2015

SFMOMA. Submission Friday. January 2015

PH Magazine. April 2014. Issue 42.

Descry Magazine. Spring 2010. Issue 1.

Photofan. France. March – April 2008. Issue 19.

BOOKS

NUMEN. Datz Press. 300 copies. 2022

TALKS & LECTURES

Open Show LA #64. September 19, 2021

COLLECTIONS

Datz Museum of Art. Seoul, South Korea.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Philosopher’s Stone (three-person show). Datz Museum. Seoul, Korea. March 2020.

Procession of Spectres. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. April, 2017.

Procession of Spectres. Galerie Hiltawsky. Berlin, Germany. March, 2016.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS

Procession of Spectres. Cornel/Henry. San Diego, CA. May 2021 (online)

Narrative on Medium. Space-Be Gallery. Seoul, Korea. April 2022

Focus PhotoLA Finalists Show. Los Angeles. September 2021

John Chervinsky Scholarship Award Finalists Show. Griffin Museum. Winchester, MA. September 2017

Self-portraits as a Concept. In Focus Galerie. Cologne, Germany. November 2016

Experimenta IV. Galerie 19. Paderborn, Germany. October 2016

Diffusion Annual Show. Asmith Gallery. Johnson City, TX. September 2016

Art Prize Group Show. Paul Collins Gallery. Grand Rapids, MI. September 2016

Docks Art Fair. Lyon, France. September 2016

Mt. Rokko Photo Festival. Kobe, Japan. August 2016

Summersetting. Galerie Hiltawsky. Berlin, Germany. July 2016

Auction Group Show. MoPA San Diego. San Diego, CA. October 2015

Center Forward. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. September 2015

Botanicals. Kat Kiernan Gallery. Lexington, VA. October 2013

Whose Self Portrait. Joy Wai Gallery. New York, NY. June 2011

Synthesis. The Darkroom. New Orleans, LA. 14. May – June 2011

August Group Show. The Hive Gallery & Studios. Los Angeles, CA. August 2008

May Group Show. The Hive Gallery & Studios. Los Angeles, CA. May 2008

Top 40. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, CA. May 2008

March Group Show. The Hive Gallery & Studios. Los Angeles, CA. March 2008

OFCOM Report Exhibition. Charity Auction, London, UK. February 2008

February Group Show. The Hive Gallery & Studios. Los Angeles, CA. February 2008

January Group Show. The Hive Gallery & Studios. Los Angeles, CA. January 2008

AWARDS

2021 Focus PhotoLA Summer Top 20 (Finalist)

2015 Lucie Awards. Discovery of the Year

2015 International Photography Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

2014 International Kontinent Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Dodho Magazine. Natural Phenomena: Numen. 2020

Diffusion Magazine. Volume VIII. 2016

Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie. Procession of Spectres at Galerie Hiltawsky. March 2016

Art at Berlin. Procession of Spectres at Galerie Hiltawsky. March 2016

The World Weekly. Procession of Spectres. December 2015

Pixel Magazine. Chronicling Depression. November 2015

American Photo Mag. See Photographs from The 2015 Lucie Award Winners. October 2015

GUP Magazine. The Procession of Spectres. September 2015

Exposure Awards Magazine. Body Collection. August 2015

SFAQ. Damage Control: A Conversation Between Kim Anno & Ville Kansanen. August 2015

Rinse.io. Who are we? March 2015

Dodho Magazine. February 2015

L’Oeil de la Photographie. February 2015

SFMOMA. Submission Friday. January 2015

PH Magazine. April 2014. Issue 42.

Descry Magazine. Spring 2010. Issue 1.

Photofan. France. March – April 2008. Issue 19.