Jonna Kina March 11 — April 30, 2016

Foley Objects

In 1956 René Magritte declared “a thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows.”

It is an aphorism that perfectly sums up the work of Jonna Kina

The series Foley Objects presents about thirty objects –everyday things for the most part – in an equal number of photos, each accompanied by a short caption. At first blush, the latter seems to bear no relation to the image associated with it, conjuring up an atmosphere of surrealist weirdness.

Then, little by little, it dawns on the viewer that the phrase relates to the sound made by the object depicted. Once this principle is grasped, perusing this gallery of images becomes not only disconcerting but fun too. And it is not long before one catches oneself hearing photos.

In audiovisual parlance, the term “Foley” designates sound effect added to a movie at post-production. The noise of footsteps, of a door slamming, of a piece of paper being screwed up – the types of sound not easily recorded during the shoot. The Finnish artist organizes photographs of the objects used by technicians to reproduce these sounds into a typology. Yet this arrangement quickly appears as more than a mere nomenclature, since, above and beyond its purely documentary approach, the series offers a veritable experience of synaesthesia that requires us to reflect on our perceptions and on the limits of the text-image relationship.

Lydia Dorner, Curator, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

Jonna Kina (b. 1984) lives and works in Helsinki. Her practice incorporates photography, video and text. In her photography series Foley Objects, she plays with viewer’s expectations and with the conceptual delimitations of the photographic medium. The words refer to the sound generated by the objects that are portrayed. Foley means, the reproduction of sound effects, which are added in postproduction to enhance the audio experience in films. The connection of the two, image and the text, is in a sense arbitrary and surreal but also strictly documentary in its approach. This collection of images could be seen as an archive of sounds, as well as a twist between documentation and absurd playfulness.


Her works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Most recently at Kunsthalle, Helsinki (2015), Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico (2015), Rooster Gallery, New York (2015), Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2015), Finnish Museum of Photography (2015), Manifesta 10 / Parallel Program, St. Petersburg (2014), Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg (2014), Finnish Institute Stockholm (2014), Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2014), Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid (2014). Kina recently published the book Foley Objects by Kehrer Verlag. Foley Objects has been nominated for numerous awards such as the Source Cord Prize, UK (2014), Nordic Dummy Award, NO (2014), Photo Levallois Award, FR (2013), New York Photo Award, USA (2013) and Hasselblad Foundation – Victor Fellowship Award, SE (2013) among others.


Kina holds MFA degree from Finnish Academy of Arts, Helsinki and From Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Photography. She has also studied in the School of Visual Arts, New York and in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. She is represented in the collections of Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland, Finnish National Gallery, Fundación RAC, Foundation of Contemporary Art, Spain, Helsinki Art Museum, City of Levallois, France and in the Finnish Art Association.


Images are available as 15 x 15" pigment prints made in an edition of 5 + 2 APs. Pieces range in price from $1500 to $3500, depending on size and availability.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Jonna Kina
Champagne, 2013
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Leaves of grass, 2013
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Pigeons, 2013
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Snow, 2013
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Spaceship door, 2013
Jonna Kina
Wind, 2013