The art of Jani Ruscica (1978. He lives and works in Helsinki) is expressed through videos, photography, sculpture, and design. He focuses on how people define their own dimension and space in the world, and on how such a definition changes continuously, when necessary, according to personal, cultural or scientific factors. His work explores the interstices between cinema, video, art, theatre, and performance, with complex results that investigate and reveal the unity of these various disciplines.
His recent exhibitions include solo shows at the KIASMA Museum, Helsinki; the Anhava gallery, Helsinki; Hilary Crisp, London; and Otto Zoo, Milan. He has taken part in the 6th Liverpool Biennale; the 5th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway; the show Life Forms at the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; the group show Shifting Identities – Identitá nell’arte contemporanea delle ultime generazioni tra Finlandia ed Estonia, at MACRO Testaccio, Rome.
Screenings of his videos have been organised at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and MoMA, New York. In 2009 his film Evolutions was awarded the first prize at the Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne. In 2010 Ruscica was awarded the AVEK Prize for the significant results he has achieved in the field of the visual arts. In 2012 he made a film for MTV’s Art Breaks, in collaboration with MoMA PS1, New York. In 2016 he won the Lönströmm Art Museum Annual project.