Ilja Karilampi was born in 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden and lives in Amsterdam and Berlin. He graduated with a Meisterschüler in Fine Arts from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt, in 2010, and was a guest student at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, in 2008.
Karilampi utilizes various media such as video, sculpture, and installation. His work brings together different levels of narration, often referring to the media itself, and a series of elements that refer to contemporary pop culture: likelihood of fiction, urban legends, music, and images from movies. Seductive forms and layers create personal meaning and order; often using simple materials, ready-mades and found imagery, Karilampi weaves poetic symbolism together with conceptual activity. Performance is an oft-recurring quality in his work, as a ghost that left a trace, appearing and disappearing, and in the role of the producer.
Solo exhibitions include White Magic Nemo Web, OTHER, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; and The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap, Black Box, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Recent group exhibitions include The Smart Frrridge, Chilly Forecast for Internet Fridge, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz; Studio Film Club, Port Spain, Trinidad; Nordic Pavillion, Architecture Biennale, Venice; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Paloma Presents, Zürich; and Chisenhale Gallery, London.
During his residency, Karilampi will work on a sculptural installation depicting a nightclub, a series of decorated spaces, which reflect certain hidden, three-dimensional aspects of the city.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist