Jan Kaila

Jan Kaila (born 1957) studied at the Doctoral Studies Program at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts from 1997 to 2002. The subject of his doctorate, completed in 2002, was Photographicality and Representation in Contemporary Art.

Kaila worked in the 1980s and 1990s as a full-time and visiting contracted teacher and lecturer in several Nordic photography schools, including the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the School of Photography at Gothenburg University. In 2001, he was elected Professor of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and, in 2004, he was appointed Professor of Artistic Research and also Head of the Doctoral Studies Program at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, he was elected Vice Rector of the Academy.

Since his Doctorate in Fine Arts Kaila has published and lectured regularly about artistic research. Together with Henk Slager, Kaila was the founding member of European Artistic Research Network (EARN) in 2004 and in 2010 he was nominated as a member in the executive board of the Society of Artistic Research (publisher of Journal of Aristic Research, JAR). Kaila has also worked as an evaluator of fine art education and artistic research in Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Ireland.

Since 1980, Kaila has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in many European countries, the United States, Japan and South Korea. Kaila has also worked as a curator and has published writings about visual art and photography.
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