About

I am a German-Finnish photographer and artist. I studied in Bremen, Lahti and Helsinki, where I earned my master's degree in photography from the School of Art and Design at the Aalto University. I live in Berlin.

Statement

I am fascinated by the human body, both its physicality together with its sensorial awareness - its capacity as an object and a subject simultaneously. In my work I approach this phenomenon and explore how people experience human form.

Education

  • 2008 - 2013 | “Fotografie”, Aalto University School of Arts & Design Helsinki, Master of Arts (FI)
  • 2007 | “Fotografie”, Austausch, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (FI)
  • 2006 | “Fotografie”, Aalto University School of Arts & Design Helsinki, non-degree (FI)
  • 2003 | “Dokumentarische Fotografie”, Euroclasses on documentary photography Noorderlicht ́03 (NL)
  • 2002–2005 | “Mode & Fotografie”, Hochschule für Künste Bremen (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2019 | Lehrauftrag, Hochschule für Künste, Bremen (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2020 | Finnish Cultural Foundation / Two year working-grant (FI)
  • 2018 | Futures Photography Platform
  • 2017 | Finnish Photobook Of The Year, Finnish Museum of Photography (FI)
  • 2017 | The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) / One year working-grant (FI)
  • 2015 | NORDIC DUMMY AWARD 2015, Fotogalleriet Oslo (NO)
  • 2015 | Shortlist, Kassel Dummy Award (DE)
  • 2014 | Finnish Cultural Foundation / One year working-grant (FI)
  • 2013 | Vattenfall Photography Prize, C/O Berlin (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2020 | Backlight Tampere (FI)
  • 2020 | NRW-Forum Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2020 | Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (FI)
  • 2018 | Fotogalleriet, Oslo (NO)
  • 2018 | Unseen Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2018 | PhotoESPAÑA, Madrid (ES)
  • 2018 | Circulation(s), Paris (FR)
  • 2018 | Finnland- Institut Berlin (DE)
  • 2017 | Contemporary art from the State Art Collection, Tornio (FI)
  • 2017 | Athens Photo Festival (GR)
  • 2016 | Kehrer Verlag (DE)
  • 2014 | The Finnish Museum of Photography (FI)
  • 2013 | C/O Berlin (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.karinasirkku.com

Works

Karina-Sirkku Kurz | SUPERNATURE (2015 - 2019)

Karina-Sirkku Kurz | SUPERNATURE (2015 - 2019)

The photographic work SUPERNATURE centres on the concept of the body as a malleable, sculptural entity. In this manner, aesthetic plastic surgery serves as an important context - a highly invasive practice, which revolves around designing and restructuring one‘s physical appearance according to specific visual ideals. How does reshaping the appearance of the body affect one‘s self-image? Additionally, how are these corporal interventions experienced - which indelibly alter internal tissue, membrane, and flesh? In my approach, I elicit concepts from the book Our Strange Body (2014) by dutch philosopher Jenny Slatman. At the intersection of medicine and humanities Slatman argues that “… what we call our own body entails a strange dimension. Precisely because of this element of strangeness in our own body, we are capable of incorporating strangeness and adjusting to radical physical changes.” Carefully considered printing methods and a respective type of presentation emphasise the physicality and the materiality of the works.

Format:

Photo / Video

Karina-Sirkku Kurz | Imbalance

Karina-Sirkku Kurz | Imbalance

Based upon narratives of affected persons, the work approaches eating disorders associatively. It is particularly dedicated to notions of subjective lived experience. Thereby, personal accounts containing feasibly universal aspects find a visual form. The work consists of 35 pictures and 10 quotes.

Format:

Photo / Video