Landscapes and urbanization

Kaisu Koivisto is a visual artist, MFA, based in Helsinki. Her  interests are deeply rooted in the North, its landscapes and political dimensions.

Kaisu Koivisto begun a new multidisciplinary project New Nuuk in April 2018, focusing on the urbanization of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. The city is changing rapidly, with new suburbs being built amid the barren and majestic landscape. Why is Nuuk experiencing such a building boom?

In December 2019 Kaisu Koivisto returned to Nuuk to continue her project. She noticed that much has happened in one and half years. New apartment buildings dominate the cityscape. More are under construction, and old buildings give space for new. New roads and rolls of cable point the direction to the places where something is happening the near future.

New Nuuk is about changes. The transformation of the cityscape is a result of social, cultural, post-colonial, economical, demographic, environmental and political issues. Koivisto aims to photograph in Nuuk till 2030, documenting the changes – big and small – what they look and feel like. Collaborating with researchers will provide information on the backgrounds of the processes.

The visit to Greenland in December 2019 was generously funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.


In her works Kaisu Koivisto incorporates installations, photography, sculptures and video. The thematic focus of her artistic practice is rooted in the notions of place, history and landscape, and in the different ways in which environments are represented, commodified, and stereotyped

Kaisu Koivisto´s work have been shown for instance in the following institutions: Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; PS 1, New York; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki; Pori Art Museum, Pori.,+Greenland+2018/

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