Leena Kangaskoski (b. 1982, Oulu) currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

The practice of Finnish artist Leena Kangaskoski engages with situations and assumptions in which the autonomous and know-it-all role of the human individual comes into question. In her works Kangaskoski takes on references from popular science, self-help and cultural idioms in attempt to reveal the inherent paradoxes we often take for granted. She has been trying to locate the border between human and animal on cellular level as well as inside the individual, the border between mind and body. In her latest ongoing series she explores how dependent we are as a species in one and other through physical interaction and touch. Currently Kangaskoski is also working on a public commission that looks at mineral evolution and the close relationship between living organisms and rocks.

Kangaskoski’s works are often distilled installations in which the materiality of the work and it’s movement play an important part. She is interested in the metamorphosis of materials, be it in their shifting cultural readings or abilities to shapeshift in different conditions.

Leena Kangaskoski is a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art London, and a Bachelor from University of Art & Design Helsinki. She is a member of Association of Finnish Sculptors and MUU Artists’ Association.

Contact for enquiries
+358 50 4025 264

Coming up:

Show with Emma Rönnholm, Liisa Hilasvuori and Salla Vapaavuori
Huuto Gallery, Helsinki

Home residency
Koneen Säätiö, Helsinki

Rajatila Gallery, Tampere

Artist residency
The Finnish Cultural Foundation
Hôtel Chevillon, Grez-sur-Loing, France

Animal ± human
Solo show 1.–30.6.2019
Poriginal Gallery, Pori

Art Fair Suomi 19
Cable Factory, Helsinki

Artist’s Book Exhibition II
Homage to Zatoichi 1–3, series of artist books
Group show at Galleria Katariina 2017, Helsinki

Tempo Documentary Festival
Group show, Sound sauna
Minä laulan sun loitolle maailmaan, sound piece together with Hanna Masih and Elvi Silvennoinen
Finlandsinstitutet Stockholm 2017, Stockholm

Helsinki Art Walk
Artist talk
Muu Gallery 23.10.2016 at 13.30pm, Helsinki

Noodle – Works of the Human Brain
Solo show Helsinki
Muu Gallery Studio 2016, Helsinki

Himera Festival
When you are not looking, ocean floor wanders
Kinetic installation festival stage
Kutomo May 2016, Turku

Working Title
When you are not looking, trees stretch their legs
Group show together with Charlotte Mumm & Katie Shlon
Titanik Galleria December 2015, Turku

Uusi MUU
Curated group show with Laura Laukkanen and Eero Tiittula
MUU Kaapeli Galleria 2015, Helsinki

Presentation of work
Artist talk
Saaren Kartano 10.11.2015 at 10am, Turku

Group show
When I sit, You scream In collaboration with composer Antonia Barnett-McIntosh
Strahler Gallery January 2015, Berlin

Solo show
Galleria Katariina Studio 2014, Helsinki

Mind and Body dance
Solo show
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari Kulmio 2014, Helsinki

24th Materialised out of Finland
Curated group show with Antti Laitinen, Emma Lappalainen, Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Jukka Silokunnas, Maija Holma & Lasse Ursin by äkkigalleria.
Initial gallery July 2014, Canada

Group show
Strahler Gallery 2013, Berlin

The Wilding Festival
Arts festival in honour of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison
Museum of London and St George’s Bloomsbury 2013, London

Unseen  |ˌənˈsə ng|
Night No. 1
Propositions in language, sound and action
Flatout Collective Encounter series
Chisenhale Dance Space 2012, London

Taste Festival Berlin
Dinner performed together with Antonia Barnett-McIntosh
Directoren Haus 2012, Berlin

North Norway Arts Festival
Water Walk, underground waterworld, Harstad 2012, Norway

Sense and the city
Juryed group exhibition
London Transport Museum 2011, London

Unseen |ˌənˈsēn|
Night No. 2
Propositions in language, sound and action
Flatout Collective Encounter series
Chisenhale Dance Space 2011, London

Show 2011
Group show
Royal College of Art 2011, London

Man Group Drawing Prize
Lower Gulbenkian Galleries,
Royal Collage of Art Kensington 2010, London

National Magazine Company Awards
Socially aware practice
Shortlisted 2010, London

Again the Room was Plunged Into Silence

Dinner World premiere
Pit Theatre Barbican 2010, London

Oberon Prize Exhibition
Lower Gulbenkian Galleries,
Royal Collage of Art Kensington 2010, London