Karina-Sirkku Kurz is a German-Finnish artist working with photography and self-made objects. Kurz gained her Master of Arts in Photography from Aalto University in Helsinki. She is fascinated by the human body, which is substantive and at the same time sensing, thus it is object and subject. In her work she investigates this phenomenon from different angles and explores ways of how people deal with (their) bodies. Her photographic gaze is neither flattering nor judging, but of open lyricism.
Her photobook-dummy UNGLEICHGEWICHT (engl. imbalance) won the Nordic Dummy Award 2015 and was published by Kehrer Verlag. In 2017 the book won the Finnish Photobook Award chosen by Alec Soth.
SUPERNATURE is an ongoing body of work centered on changes in which the human body is purposely intervened, from the outside. At issue is the premeditated restructuring and designing of the human body through surgical procedures. Therefore, Kurz is currently investigating the subject of body modification within the context of aesthetic plastic surgery.
In her visual exploration, she has so far concentrated on the human body as a malleable, sculptural object. A significant element of this research project explores the tension between smoothly designed body surfaces on the one hand, and the hairy, moist and smelly, which makes up the organic body on the other hand.