Ola Kolehmainen

The Finnish artist Ola Kolehmainen (b. 1964, lives and works in Berlin) follows the tracks of great architects in his photographic work. Not only the architectonic monuments of European Modernism built by Alvar Aalto, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Hutton Sauerbruch, but also sacred buildings like the Hagia Sophia or Ottoman monasteries built by Mimar Senan from the 16th century, serve as the starting point of his reflections.
After long and meticulous work processes, in which Kolehmainen explores the life of the architect, the role of the specific building for the architect‘s body of work and its effect on other architects, the artist eventually detaches his photographic work from the original in order to tackle the overriding questions: what do we see? What does the camera see? What is real? The results are images devoid of human figures, full of peace and quiet.