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The Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food

February 3rd – April 29th, 2017

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Photo: Tim Franco, from the series Metamorpolis

The 2017 edition of Festival of Political Photography held in Helsinki, Finland, takes its inspiration from food. Its varied exhibitions shed light on the environmental, ethical and societal ramifications of this topic. ‘Foodgrams’ can do more than bolster personal identity. A mere morsel can drive political change, but only once you direct your gaze from individual experiences of food towards the structures that allowed it to appear on your plate in the first place. 

“We’re constantly being exposed to foodgrams and other examples of food photography, but what we’re trying to achieve here is to broaden the perspective of what food photography can do. The 2017 edition of Festival of Political Photography takes a non-individualistic approach to food, by tackling food production and its effect on our immediate environment, the world around us and the spaces we inhabit.” - Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Sanni Seppo, Artistic Directors of the festival

The Festival will host a series of 19 displays featuring photographers from Finland and around the world. When faced with these photographs, audiences will be spurred to consider issues such as free will and existing power structures in today’s society. As of yet, there is no sure way of tracing the intricacies of industrial food production and its massive sphere of influence. Which is why the festival raises the following question: at what point are decisions made about the food we eat, and how are these decisions reached?

Food photography can act as a catalyst for unravelling key moral issues. The environmental impact of the food industry, its relationship to climate change – not to mention food shortages and refugee crises – are all intertwined with the politics of food. While a large proportion of the earth’s population goes hungry, around a third of the world’s food ends up in rubbish bins.

And yet concepts of food come hand in hand with ideals like compassion, hospitality and even love. We desire food to be imbued with purity, joy, safety and openheartedness. Technology is enabling us to feed an ever-growing number of people with greater efficiency, while it simultaneously poses a threat to natural diversity and the intrinsic beauty of the natural world. 

This year’s Festival of Political Photography kicks off on 2 February with the launch of Finland’s Photography Museum’s exhibition entitled ‘Food’. The festival’s photographers include: Spain’s Asunción Molinos Gordo, Germany’s Freya Najade, the Dutch photographer Henk Wildschut, Pablo Ernesto Piovano from Argentina, Canada’s Jo-Anne McArthur, Slovenia’s Jošt Franko, Tim Franco from France, Yann Mingard from Switzerland, not to mention Finland’s Kukka Ranta and Paula Humberg. Selections from Animalia, Greenpeace and Oikeutta eläimille (Justice for Animals Association) archives will also be on display, as well choice YouTube videos, and photographs taken by recent asylum seekers in Finland as part of the ‘Taskualbumi’ (‘Pocket photo album’) project.

The Festival for Political Photography has spread itself out across the city of Helsinki, and can also be found in East Helsinki’s Itäkeskus Stoa Cultural Centre, as well as in Helsinki town hall’s Virka gallery. Stoa will be displaying the works of the Spanish photographers Asunción Molinos Gordo and Laura Cuch, whereas Virka gallery will house Italian Filippo Zambon and Polish to kosie’s work, whose photographs lay bare the obfuscations and contradictions within the world of food waste. 

In addition to its exhibitions, the Festival of Political Photography will also be organising seminars come spring, alongside roundtables and film screenings.

The festival’s brochure will be published as an insert of the February edition of Voima magazine. You’ll be able to access the brochure on the festival’s homepage upon publication: www.pvf.fi.

 

 

Festival of Political Photography PVF

The Festival of Political Photography is a three-year research project on fine art photography. The festival is not a one-weekend-only or even a week-long event, but rather a continually open forum for exhibiting and discussing politically conscious photography. The diverse voices and experiences of the photographers that take part share one thing in common: they are all politically engaged. Over the course of the festival, the complex motives of the photographers will be on the cards, and we will hear more about what the reality of their work is like in practice. All visitors are invited to discuss the issues at hand and to advocate for change by means of photography. We warmly welcome you to our photography exhibitions, roundtables, workshops and meet-the-artist events.

www.pvf.fi

 

 

PRESS PHOTOS

Images of the works are available viewing and downloading on a Google Drive folder. Credits (to be included with any published photos) can be found in the filename, and feature the name of the photographer, the name of the series, and its date (not all photographs will have a date associated with them). Download images by pressing the ‘download’ button on the top of the page – it’s possible to download multiple images simultaneously.

 

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WeAnimalsJMcArthurAug2013-webJo-Anne McArthur, from the series We Animals, 2013

Tomatoes2012.165736-webFreya Najade: Tomatoes, 2012, from the series Strawberries in Winter

PaulaHumbergfromtheseriesCausesofDeath20162.110143-webPaula Humberg,  from the series Causes of Death (2016–)

HenkWildchut.TorsiusEiPuttenMarch2012.105116-webHenk Wildschut, from the series Food (2011–2013)

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Asunción Molinos Gordo, from the work Hunger – A Man-made Object (2014) 


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Information

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11-18, Wed 11-20, Mon closed.

The Finnish Museum of Photography
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Info +358 96 866 3621.

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PROJECT SPACE

 

MARTA ZGIERSKA: POST

Project space, The Finnish Museum of Photography
March 17 – May 28, 2017

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“In 2013, I survived a serious car accident. I was close to death, and reality – one that I had been adapting to with difficulty – slipped through my fingers. This misfortune brought about another: surgeries, months of physical limitations, a breakup, and the return and aggravation of anxiety neurosis”.  -Marta Zgierska

Not long before the accident, Marta Zgierska had found in her family home a teacher's descriptive feedback from the time she was a seven-year-old, exemplary student. She says she is still one in her adult life. However, despite the opinion of others, her limitations, shame and anxiety are still teeming inside her. Marta started taking the first photographs as a way of incantation of fear in an aesthetic image. The accident brought her work to a halt. Her mind was filling up with fragmentary memories, and sharp, detached details. Her own physicality and pain became a source of images that felt more and more substantial and bodily as time passed.

Post is a project about trauma, frozen in dead greyness, silence and tension. Everyone can find their own punctures here – exhausting dreams, fears, obsessions. An individual way of discovering a twin traumatic memory in another person. Post is an attempt at intimate contact which closes the past non-experience in the present.

 

“A rock suspended on a rope, a light-coloured coat spattered with blood, the chassis of a compacted car, a woman's hand with a bloody lifeline: each photograph metaphorically evokes a part of her own story, suggesting it by elliptically with clinical aesthetics. A hand-written letter is also depicted as a photograph. This is the focal point of her story: using the words of a former teacher describing her at the age of seven, a very good pupil and liked by all, the young woman clearly shows us the persistent discrepancy that she feels today, faced with the world.”  

-Diane Dufour (Director of Le Bal)


Marta Zgierska (b. 1987) is a Warsaw based Polish photographer. She is a MFA in Photography, MA in Theatrology and MA in Journalism. Her series Post has been selected for the Circulations Festival in Paris presenting the most interesting young photographers from Europe. In 2016 she won one of the most prestigious photography awards - Prix HSBC pour la Photographie.

 

PRESS PHOTOS

Images of the works are available viewing and downloading on a Google Drive folder. Credits (to be included with any published photos) can be found in the filename, and feature the name of the photographer, the name of the series, and its date (not all photographs will have a date associated with them). Download images by pressing the ‘download’ button on the top of the page – it’s possible to download multiple images simultaneously.

For access to press photos, please contact:

Lauri Alaviitala, Communications Specialist,
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +358 50 5268 336

 

 

 

General information

The Finnish Museum of Photography
The Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G, Helsinki
www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en

Exhibition hours Tue–Sun 11–18, Wed 11–20.

Guided tours:
Public free-of-charge guided exhibition tour (in Finnish): Sundays 13;
Conversational exhibition guide: Sundays 14–15. Museum's entry fee (8€/5€).

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