BIG EXHIBITION SPACE
Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves
August 25, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Left - Alec Soth: Misty, 2005, from the series Niagara.
An American photographer, Magnum photojournalist, Instagrammer and self-publisher – Alec Soth (b. 1969) is an all-round photography professional who seeks to encounter his audience through different formats from social media to museum exhibitions. It’s no wonder that he is one of the most talked about photographers of the 2010s.
The exhibition Gathered Leaves brings together the four major works that brought Soth to the forefront worldwide. Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual and Songbook, all photographed between 2004 and 2014, introduce the viewer to poetic studies of people whom Soth has encountered in small towns, suburbs, wilderness and national landscapes.
At a time when we are flooded with more photos than ever before, Soth uses his talents to gather the leaves of a disjoined reality into a single arresting collection.
The exhibition is part of the Helsinki Festival programme.
ARTIST TALK: ALEC SOTH
Tuesday, August 23rd, 4 pm – 6 pm
Alec Soth is one of the most talked about photographers of the 2010s. How did his career as a photographer start and what is it like to work as a photographer it the artworld of today?
Alec Soth will hold a public lecture at Aalto University's Media Center Lume on Tuesday, August 23rd – just one night before the exhibition opening at the Finnish Museum of Photography.
Bil, Sandusky, Ohio, 2014, from Songbook
Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000, from Sleeping by the Mississippi
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2015). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.
Project space exhibitions 2016
Exhibitions at our Project space are chosen every year in an open call for artists. In 2015, we received a record number of applications: 300. Almost half of the applications were by non-Finnish artists.
The overall quality of the applications was very high, and choosing five exhibitions out of 300 was not an easy task.
YYY photography magazine
September 2 – October 30, 2016
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
"If XXX refers to sexuality and ZZZ refers to sleeping, and YYY is in between these two, then YYY must also include the life of it's two neighbours", Katri Naukkarinen says.
YYY is an experimental art photography magazine, founded by artist Katri Naukkarinen. Names of other collaborating artists in the project will be revealed later.
Katri Naukkarinen (b. 1984) has graduated as Master of Arts from Aalto University in 2015.
Charles-Henry Bédué: Virtuous Circle
November 6, 2016 – January 2017
Photo: Charles-Henry Bédué, from the series Virtuous Circle
Charles-Henry Bédué's series examines the life of a photographic work of art, and the connections and exchange it creates. What happens when the photograph, created by the artist, becomes an item owned by the buyer? What kind of a role will the photograph have in the everyday life of the new owner?
Charles-Henry Bédué lives and works in Paris.