100 hectares of understanding

by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

100 Hectares of Understanding is my attempt to understand the 100 hectare area of the forest I have inherited in 1997, when I was only 8-years old. Throughout adulthood my relationship with the forest has been somewhat discordant and attitude towards my future inheritance has been indifferent. Recent explorations in the forest, and in the world of forestry have managed to provoke my interest towards the nature and the unfamiliar property of mine.

The 100 Hectares of Understanding project includes both tangible and intangible approaches and visualizations of what forest and forestry mean to me and how the unknown becomes familiar. I study what nature has to offer to urbanized people and I will try to create new ways of thinking and ways to experience and feel the forest.

I arbitrarily mix various types of pictures with each other, and define them as part of a larger visual entity. My method of working is based on open-minded experimentalism. My photographs are testimonial, traces of my aspirations towards understanding and awareness. Photography, for me, is a gateway to the very core of my thoughts and imagination.

I employ various methods and techniques. I see similarities between my acts in the forest and walking artist Hamish Fultons walks, which he records with photographs and poems. I get my inspiration from Arte Povera and Fluxux movements. My project is based on the objects that I’ve found, the acts that I’ve photographed, the sculptures I’ve made and visual secrets that I have created.