Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS is proud to present the new video installation by Erkka Nissinen: “What is Community?”. This absurd, but critical movie reflects on the contemporary tendency of reality TV, where truth and fiction are no longer visible and where entertainment is moving further to “the borders of society”. Nissinen is using this time ink-drawings in a stop motion technique to tell his story, accompanied by his hillarious and dry comments as voice over.
Though absurd to the point of nonsense and often obscene, Nissinen’s work is far from being meaningless. Rather, it discloses a critical take on the difficulties of social interaction, on philosophy, and on the language of media -such as children’s television, educational programs, or porn, often all mashed up into one. Nissinen’s body of work contains video’s, performances, music scores, sound tracks and installations.
Erkka Nissinen (Jyväskylä, Finland, 1975) lives and works in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Hong Kong and New York. He studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London and gained an MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland. In 2007-2008, he was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.He had exhibitions at de Hallen, Haarlem (2015), Art Parcours/Art Basel (2015), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2012/2009), M+ in Hong Kong (2012), Helsinki City Art Museum’s Kluuvi Gallery (2011) and, 1646 in The Hague (2009). During the 2011 Rotterdam Art Fair Nissinen won the acclaimed Illy Prize for his video Rigid Regime. In 2013 he won the AVEK award for media arts, Helsinki.
In 2017, Erkka Nissinen is representing Finland at the Venice Biennial, together with fellow artist Nathanial Mellors.