The Two Faces of Mary

Caj Bremer, Laatokalla, 1980. Suomen valokuvataiteen museon kokoelmat

 

“I like how the two women have been positioned by the ocean with solemn faces.” – Emma

“The work has a wistful and mysterious feel to it. I personally see them as a couple who might have some issues. The calm water and hair blowing in the wind raise some thoughts.” – Helmi

“I chose this photo for its wistful atmosphere and the sad-looking people.” – Kukka

 

Who can be seen and how? Showing and hiding is use of power.
What sort of people, stories, identities and themes are left out from images in the media or museum exhibitions?

The Two Faces of Mary is an exhibition that was born out of a joint pedagogic project between the Finnish Museum of Photography and an upper secondary school in Kauniainen, Kauniaisten lukio. Students of visual arts study module KU4 in the fall of 2022 curated the exhibition from the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography digitally available from Finna. New prints of the works have been exhibited.

The project is part of the museum’s Looking to Understand Inclusion EU project. The aim is to offer participating organizations and educators support in using the VTS method as a tool for social inclusion.

 

Curators, students of Kauniainen upper secondary school: Emma Berglund, Kukka Heiskari, Julia Korpi-Anttila, Oona Keinänen, Helmi Rönnholm, Ninni Suomi

Guiding the work: Riikka Notkola (visual arts teacher at Kauniainen upper secondary school), Kastehelmi Korpijaakko and Erja Salo (education and public programs at the Finnish Museum of Photography)

Rest of the team at the Finnish Museum of Photography: Suvi Kiukas (exhibitions), Anni Wallenius, Leena Sipponen and Max Fritze (collections), Virve Laustela and Jarno Parkkima (post-processing and printing), Laura Sallas and
Kaisa Kantanen (framing), Heikki Rapo (framing and installation)

 


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More than 2,000 collection photos are digitally available in Finna. The material includes photographic art, early history of photography, portraits, snapshots, fashion photographs, photojournalism and much more. New images will be published regularly in Finna.

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‘Looking to Understand Inclusion’ is a 2-year project funded through the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. It aims to support educators from local arts and education communities to use the Visual Thinking Strategies method to promote social inclusion with children.
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