MAIN EXHIBITION SPACE
May 17th – August 13th, 2017
Sasha Huber. Agassiz: The Mixed Traces Series. Somatological Triptych of Sasha Huber IV, Agassiz Range, New Zealand, 2015
Artists: Dejan Antonijević, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Nermin Duraković, Michelle Eistrup, Behzad Farazollahi, Anawana Haloba, Sasha Huber, Jane Jin Kaisen, Henrik Lund Jørgensen, Bita Razavi, Bella Rune, Nita Vera, Adolfo Vera, Carla Zaccagnini
Curators: Marianne Hultman, Kristine Kern, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
It is difficult today to speak of a cohesive Nordic art scene, or national scenes for that matter. But still we do every now and then.
For Nordic Delights, the curators discussed the concept of the Nordic region, as well as each country’s different art scenes from the 1990s onwards. The observation was that group exhibitions, wherein artists are lumped together on the basis of domestic origin, are problematic. They often leave a bad aftertaste. They tend toward homogeneity and constitute a sort of sample of what occupies a certain art scene during a certain period or time.
Nordic Delights can be seen as an attempt to break the homogeneity. The artists included in the exhibition all live and work in the Nordic countries yet most of them have their roots elsewhere. This time it is the so-called minorities who are in the majority.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration between Oslo Kunstforening (NO), Fotografisk Center Copenhagen (DK) , The Finnish Museum of Photography and Kalmar konstmuseum (SWE).
Heikki Willamo: The Mythical Journey
May 17th – August 13th, 2017
The Mythical Journey explores the thousands-of-years-old relationship between animals and humans. It seeks to capture an ice-age hunter's experience of nature and animals. Humanity's oldest known works of art – cave paintings and rock art – have served as a point of departure for the works in the exhibition. Acting as guides are bears, elk, wild reindeer, the now-extinct aurochs, mammoths, and wild horses.
Heikki Willamo has, for a long time, been studying rock art and the myths and beliefs associated with animals. In ancient cultures, animals were important sources of food and raw materials, but they also had a deeper significance. Through animals, people could perhaps understand their place in the circle of life and find a connection with the universe.
"Of the animals, the large mammals were especially important. They had powers and had a connection to the spirit world. They were perhaps the mythical ancestors of clans, spiritual guides for hunters, and familiars for shamans. Images were created of them deep in the ground – in the depths of the caves charged with powers." – Heikki Willamo
The photographs on display at The Mythical Journey exhibition were taken between 2010 and 2016, on trips that took Willamo from Karjalohja in Finland to Varanger in Norway, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, and to Iceland. The Maahenki Publishing House has also published Willamo's photographs in the book A Mythical Journey.
Perttu Saksa's short film The Image of an Animal (2017) is shown in conjunction with the exhibition. The film features improvised music performed by Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio, combined with dramatised narration based on texts on nature and animals, written by Heikki Willamo.
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with Salo Art Museum.
Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel
August 24th – October 15th, 2017
The American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981) created a world of intimate and emotional pictures during her intensive life – prior to her death at only 22.
Woodman’s photographs are explorations into gender, sexuality and body. She used herself and her friends as models to create portraits where the persons are often partly hidden or merging into the surroundings. The photographs take the viewer to surprising locations such as abandoned buildings or surreal spaces created using mirrors and glass.
On Being an Angel consists of around 100 photographs and video works from Francesca Woodman’s near five year career as an artist.
The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet in association with Betty and George Woodman and the Estate of Francesca Woodman.
Abstract! 100 Years of Abstract Photography, 1917–2017
November 1st, 2017—January 14th, 2018
Ea Vasko, #11, 2009, from the series Reflections of the ever-changing (the short history of now)
The Abstract! exhibition, to open at the Finnish Museum of Photography in November 2017, will celebrate the hundred-year history of photographic abstraction. The exhibition will present a large number of Finnish artists from different periods, and the famous international early abstractionists Alvin Langdon Coburn, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, and August Strindberg.
Abstraction, which is popular in today's photographic art, met with strong opposition, especially among photographers, when it was first introduced in the early 20th century – and has done so at regular intervals ever since. It was considered to be pointless and to go against the nature of photography as a medium for recording and representing reality.
Abstraction has also been ignored in Finnish research on photography, even though it has an essential role in the history of the medium. For this reason, the exhibition highlights a number of unsung Finnish photographers, thus proving that the history of Finnish photographic art has more facets than has previously been thought.
The exhibition will feature works by, for example, Vilho Setälä, Erik Blomberg, Eino Mäkinen, Otso Pietinen, a group of photographic artists called Fotograafikot, and contemporary photographers including Marko Vuokola, Timo Kelaranta, Niko Luoma, Ea Vasko and Nanna Hänninen.
The curator of the exhibition is Laura Nissinen, who is writing her dissertation for Aalto University on the subject "Abstraction in Finnish Art Photography".
Tanja Konstenius: Confirmation
June 2nd – August 20th, 2017
Confirmation (lat. confirmare) means to strengthen, reinforce, consolidate. For many Finnish youths, confirmation also means the ending ritual to confirmation classes.
Tanja Konstenius’ video installation, comprised of portraits in motion, is a representation of the Christian confirmation, and explores the phenomenon as a rite of passage. She examines how transition and change happen in front of the camera – how portraiture becomes a manifesto for change.
Tanja Konstenius (b. 1982) is an Amsterdam based photographer, who mainly works with photography and video portraiture. Her works often explore themes related to human identity.
Lorenzo Servi: City Wonders
August 24th – October 29th, 2017
There are wonders and beauty all around us, but do we really see it?
The exhibition by Lorenzo Servi (alias SerraGlia) is a photo-series of objects, colours, shapes, and parts of the urban landscape that normally go unnoticed. Each image carries a story, revealing the unexpected in everyday life in Helsinki.
Truly blurring the boundary between what is framed and what is not, the exhibition invites the viewers to explore the city with new eyes, to visit and observe the city from an alternative, more curious point of view.
Part of the series has been recently published in the book, Art Is Everywhere: How to Really Look at Things.
Lorenzo Servi (b.1979) is an Italian-born architect, visual artist and designer domiciled in Finland. He is constantly researching and analysing issues in everyday life and built environments. Servi has been a part of several group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, among others in the Finnish Museum of Architecture.
Sofia Okkonen: Rose
November 3rd, 2017 – January 2018
”The woman does not speak, she is spoken of. The woman knows herself only through what is said of her. The woman only exists in relation to being desired by her audience. The woman does not dream of anything, but the perception her audience has of her.”
Rose by Sofia Okkonen is a photographic foreplay and profile of a woman. It presents a woman isolated in a studio, posing for a camera. The model is like an amateur actor, who gets the script just as she arrives in front of the casting directors.
The photographs are loaded with a tension, born from the discrepancy between the physical presence and the emotional absence of the model. The woman is simultaneously inviting and rejecting the gaze.
The works pose sensitive questions about how the need to be seen correlates with the need to hide, how lust correlates with fear, the natural with the artificial or the banal with the sublime. How does a woman perform femininity, and to what consequences?
Sofia Okkonen (b.1987) is a fine art photographer based in Helsinki, Finland. Okkonen is currently completing her MA studies in fine art photography in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In her works she explores the masquerade of beauty and femininity. Along with her art practices she is specialized in fashion photography. On one hand the ideals of beauty ever-present in fashion photography provoke her, on the other hand she is inspired by the roleplay, masks and fantasies they provide.
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