Petri Kaverma

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b. 1963, Helsinki
Visual Artist, Researcher
Residence: HELSINKI

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Artist’s Statement

Visual artist Petri Kaverma is interested in the stage where the noise caused by an artwork in its surroundings becomes understanding, in what happens when the media used by the artist in his work disappear, and in what ultimately remains. What thus is the essential function of the form of an artwork and how are these works read?

Since we work mainly with only our own bodies, and through our them, understanding the various disturbances that the artist experiences in his or her work is the key to new comprehensiveness and insight in art.

We artists also deal with structures that have gained their specific forms over long periods. This naturally poses certain conditions, while on the other hand there can certainly be pressure to dismantle models of thought according to which a house must first be built in order to arrange something or for something to take place. It is, however, very difficult to erect a buildings where things are really happening. It seems rather that the opposite is true.
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Visual artist, postdoctoral researcher Petri Kaverma has worked as visual artist 30 years. He is unbiased in the choice of media for his work but mostly he has worked into rather narrow and specialized area of post-conceptual arts. Kaverma has taught in several art schools; he has curated exhibitions and organised visual art and environmental art projects both in Finland and abroad.

He graduated as Doctor of Fine Arts in the year 2012 and his doctoral thesis handled about the silence and disturbance of art, what kind of disturbances art causes in the environment. At the moment he runs an artistic research project that explores the cultural and visual aspects of dying. The project seeks new solutions to encounter the audience and to work as an artist and researcher in the delicate area of death.

Aiming to create a dialogue between the works and their physical and social setting, Petri Kaverma owes a great deal artists like Robert Smithson (1938 –1973) who was also seeking “the fiction that reality will sooner or later imitate”.