Eeva Kukkonen (b. 1985 in, Turku, Finland). She graduated  from the  Academy of fine arts of Bologna (IT) in 2009, and was an exchange student in Bucharest, National University of Arts (RO) in 2008. She lives and works in Berlin.

The memory must not be exclusive, private, familiar, but should be shared as much as possible. Memory is an element of the life that belongs to all beings and is one of the central themes of the work of Eeva Kukkonen. To investigate how through art you can relive and share memory, both personal as well as collective is the process that follows all the moments of her creation. Most of the last works are born for example from the portraits placed on graves in cemeteries, places that represent the vision of death, one of the most shared and natural elements of life, places whose purpose, almost universally recognized, is to cultivate the memory of the dead by the living ones.

There is perhaps nothing more sharable to the world as death, an element which unites all and yet how it is experienced, betrays the differences occurring between the various religions, cultures and aesthetic forms. Difference and repetition also in front of the universality of death, to search through an artistic translation reasoning out on even most intimate memory  in means of trying  to reactivate and share it.

Technically Eeva’s work originates from multiple levels and they generate through the superimposition of several layers: the photographic impression, its revision, the translation on canvas or paper. Also the usage of multiple means of expression, is a movement within the memory of artistic languages, a movement that slides elements such as graphite and oil paint forward  sending them to encounter also modern elements such as the digital camera.

Eeva has lived in various different places. Born in Finland, then studied painting in Bologna and lived thereafter in Bucharest and Palermo before moving to Berlin. Even not living in Finland for almost ten years, her origin is very visible in her work.  As in the choice of materials, colours, tones, the use of wood, very clear surfaces, a little contrast, light storke, brightness that is always found in the atmosphere generated by its images, reminds the
Scandinavian light, without erasing the reflexes of various places that have struck her.

Solo exhibitions:

2013
– Weaving Memory, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2010
– Every man’s memory is his private literature, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2009
– Vi presento la mia famiglia e qualche amico animale, Skip la comune Palermo, Italy

Group  exhibitions:
2012
– Christmas exhibiton, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
– Dobiarteventi, Dobialab, Dobia, Italy
– Open studios, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
– MMX Open Art Venue, Berlin, Germany

2011
– Dobiarteventi, Dobialab, Dobia, Italy
– Wild wedding meets Ponyhof, Brunnen 70, Berlin, Germany
– Paper , Zurmöbelfabrik,  Berlin, Germany

2010
– Sogni, segni e sintomi III, Villa Fortuna, Acitrezza, Italy

Projects:
2012
– Karneval der Kultur, collaboration with clothes designer Gonzalo Oryazu, Berlin, Germany
– Collaboration with AKR-theater collective, documentations, illustrations, Germany/Italy

2011
– Kunts that Cunst-artollective,  Brunnen70, Berlin, Germany

2009
– Illustrations for the catalog of Jackie Brookner  “Veden taika”,  Salo, Finland
Puzzle Project, Bucharest, Romania

Awards
2013
– We Built This City, People Choice Prize at the International Tenants Day Art Competition, Theo Notaris Multicultural Centre, Canberra, Australia