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Pilvi Takala

Country: Finland


Pilvi Takala’s video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities in order to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different contexts. Her works show that it is often possible to learn about the implicit rules of a social situation simply through its disruption.

Takala represented Finland at the 59th Venice Biennial 2022. Her work has also been shown at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2023), Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), London (2023), Mediacity Biennale, Seoul (2021), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2021), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2019), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2018), CCA Glasgow (2016), Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), MoMA PS1, New York (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013), New Museum, NYC (2012), Kunsthalle Basel (2011), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010) and 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005). Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011, the Emdash Award in 2013, and the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013. The artist divides her time between Berlin and Helsinki.


Close Watch (2022)

Pilvi Takala’s multi-channel video installation, Close Watch (2022), takes a critical look at how power is exercised in public spaces through the private security industry.