Finnish exhibition #snapshot charmed the Triennial of Photography Hamburg

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Born from a collaboration between the Finnish Museum of Photography, software company Futurice and the academic world, #snapshot is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition which focuses on the effect the Internet has on everyday photography. Last month, #snapshot was one of the most popular exhibitions of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. The success of #snapshot speaks volumes of the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in reaching new, international audiences for Finnish know-how.

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Futurice Ltd, University of Tampere’s The School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT) and Aalto University’s department of Media Technology first came together to produce #snapshot for Finnish Museum of Photography, where it was exhibited last fall. The exhibition attracted a lot of attention, including an invitation to join the Triennial of Photography Hamburg this June.

“The artistic director of the Triennial, Krzysztof Candrowicz saw the exhibition here in Helsinki and immediately knew he wanted to have it in Hamburg. And he was right – #snapshot was very attractive for both the German and international media as well as the audience of the triennial. Art works that deal with the flood of images on the Internet, social media and the culture of sharing are easy to identify with. I think #snapshot succeeds in reaching something essential about our time,” says the chief curator Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger from the Finnish Museum of Photography.

During its ten days, the triennial was visited by 60 000 guests. The triennial consisted of XX exhibitions showing works from XX artists. Before the triennial was officially opened, over 50 journalists took part in the #snapshot press tour.

“We hope that #snapshot would continue to travel the world. Collaboration first in Finland and then in Hamburg has been a great way to expand the know-how of everyone involved while reaching a wider audience for our work. This has been a unique opportunity for all of us,” Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger says.

#snapshot is an interactive exhibition where the visitors become a part of the exhibition by taking selfies and using them to make memes on the internet, among other things. Social media is used to demonstrate the ways in which technology has impacted everyday uses of photography. Also art works from Dutch Erik Kessels, Finnish Niklas Kullström, Danish Sisse Stroyer and French Catherine Balet comment on #snapshot’s theme in their own, varied ways. 

Read more about #snapshot from our blog (in English)

Website of #snapshot (in English)

Selfies taken in Hamburg

Website of Triennial of Photography Hamburg (in English)

 
     

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