Why do the words ”home” and ”land” sound and feel good, but ”homeland” refers to something restricted, nationalistic, and even prejudiced? What are nationalistic feelings all about?
“Homeland” is the theme of the 2016 Festival of Political Photography. During the festival, the theme will be discussed in relation to mental and geographical areas and landscapes, and in relation to belonging to them and losing them. The exhibitions challenge the viewer to reflect on how photographs are used to establish feelings of belonging to a place, but also to establish a sense of exclusion and prejudice.
With photography exhibitions and a diverse seminar and discussion programme, the festival invites the audience to examine ways of influencing with photography. We have invited photographers who want to take a stand with their photographs. Instead of merely recording events and asking questions, they also offer suggestions as to how things could change for the better. Photographs now also represent an opportunity for hope.
Photographers: Adrian Paci, Danila Tkachenko, Katja Tähjä, Kerttu Matinpuro, Laura Böök, Maria Gruzdeva, Mattia Insolera, Miia Autio, Mohammed Moulud, Nicoló Degiorgis, Oksana Yushko, Sanni Seppo, Tuomo Manninen
Photography-based sound art works: James Andean, Paola Livorsi, Alejandro Olarte
More information about the photographers, the program & PVF Magazine on the website: www.pvf.fi/en