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Ilja Karilampi



Capital City


The artist has transformed Kiasma’s Panorama Space into a hybrid office lounge-cum-nightclub, the mood of which changes at different times of the day. Come evening, the daylight switches to nightclub-style neon lights. The ultraviolet light then reveals the hidden texts painted on the walls.

Ilja Karilampi freely combines styles and emblems borrowed from popular culture. His work teems with band and product logos and references to DJs and celebrities. His installations are often inspired by real, existing places, such as executive suites, backstage lounges or suburban kiosks.

Wallpainting: Gustav Wideberg

Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Ilja Karilampi

Born in Sweden in 1983
Based in Berlin

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