Tanja Konstenius:

Confirmation

Tanja Konstenius photographed dozens of teenagers for her video work.

Tanja Konstenius:

Confirmation

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Project Space

2.6.–20.8.2017
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For many Finnish youths, confirmation means the ending ritual to confirmation classes – a rite of passage, which is symbolized in the confirmation picture. Tanja Konstenius’ video installation, comprised of portraits in motion, examines how a young person's transition happens in front of the camera, how portraiture becomes a manifesto for change, and how gender roles are performed in a rite of passage.

In the work, the confirmation picture, a familiar item in Finnish family rooms, receives a new form. While posing for the camera, the models create a collective performance of identity.

A rite of passage is a symbolic shift from childhood to adulthood, but what do the images confirm? Do the portraits tell about expectations of adulthood or how adulthood is perceived?

The exhibition is made possible with support from Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK).

Tanja Konstenius (b. 1982) is a Stockholm-born, Finnish-Chilean visual artist based in Amsterdam. She mainly works with photography and video. Her works often explore themes related to otherness and identity.

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Project Space

2.6.–20.8.2017
Images