Kaisu Häkkänen was born in Kuopio, Finland, in 1974. She studied photography and sculpture in Minerva Art Academy, Netherlands, and graduated in 2000. Häkkänen works mainly with pinhole camera and explores with it both constructed and nature landscapes. At this point in time she lives and works in Ruokolahti, in a little village near Russian border.
”I often consider the idea of externality, the experiences of being in the periphery and the effects of these experiences on people’s identity. In my images I want to raise questions of presence and connections to others. The non-eventfulness of the long exposured pinhole camera image subtly expresses externality without my having to make the externalized subject the object of externality.”