Jo-Anne Mc Arthur, from the series We Animals.

The Festival of Political Photography 2017

Food is not just a simple, basic commodity used to satisfy hunger. This year, the Festival of Political Photography will present images that highlight the political, social and environmental dimensions of food.

The environmental effects of the food industry and climate change are interconnected with hunger, migration, and wars. The global impact of food production and consumption on climate change is roughly equal to that of housing or transport. While a large proportion of the world's population suffers from malnutrition, it is estimated that one third of food produced in the world goes to waste.

While gathering around food and the concept of food, we will discuss the freedom of the individual in relation to society. Can we make a difference through our own choices, or have the decisions been made before we are offered the opportunity to choose? Tracing the structures and effects related to the production of foodstuffs is often an almost impossible task. The battle over knowledge, its control and distribution is one of the major questions of our time. Ethical questions about food act as links between the individual's choices and the structures of world politics. Choices are being made in the name of food about how life continues on our planet and the value of some people's lives over others.

Yet offering food is also an act demonstrating care, hospitality and love. A snack is a political act.


Photographers and associations:
Asunción Molinos Gordo, Freya Najade, Henk Wildschut,
Jo-Anne McArthur, Jošt Franko, Kukka Ranta, Laura Cuch, Pablo Ernesto Piovano, Paula Humberg, Tim Franco, Yann Mingard

Taskualbumit Project
Animalia, Greenpeace, Oikeutta eläimille
Jaakko Keso & group


NB! The exhibition contains photographs and a video that may shock sensitive viewers. They address issues such as violence and suffering experienced by animals.

The Finnish Museum of Photography
1st floor

The Cable Factory, Kaapeliaukio 3, staircase G, Helsinki

Kämp Galleria
Mikonkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki
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Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat–Sun 11am–6pm
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The Cable Factory
Kaapeliaukio 3, staircase G, 00180 Helsinki
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Tue–Sun 11 am. – 6 pm. Wed 11 am – 8 pm
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