Harri Kallio
Finnish, born 1970

Harri Kallio is a sculptor-photographer who creates the subjects featured in his photographs. As Kallio puts, “sculpture as a medium is proving me a tool to take my photographic ideas further than it would be possible otherwise.” His most well known project, The Dodo and Mauritius Island, Imaginary Encounters (2000-04) takes inspiration from the dodo bird in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). For the works, Kallio created life-sized and anatomically accurate models of the extinct bird, which he then positioned in their former natural habitat in Mauritius. He then photographed the birds from the imagined perspective of the first settlers to encounter them. In a similar vein, his series “Lepidoptera Portraits” comprises dramatic, bust-length portraits of moths and butterflies.

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