New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School

11 September – 31 October 2021
Taidehalli Helsinki (Kunsthalle Helsinki)

Celebrating the Helsinki School, the exhibition explores various approaches in how to use photography as a tool of thinking, representing six generations of artists.

Niina Vatanen
Elina Brotherus | Tiina Itkonen | Ulla Jokisalo | Jaakko Kahilaniemi | Aino Kannisto | Sanna Kannisto | Sandra Kantanen | Eeva Karhu | Pertti Kekarainen | Timo Kelaranta | Ville Kumpulainen | Hilla Kurki | Milja Laurila | Janne Lehtinen | Ville Lenkkeri | Anni Leppälä | Kira Leskinen | Niko Luoma | Arno Rafael Minkkinen | Rainer Paananen | Nelli Palomäki | Jyrki Parantainen | Jorma Puranen | Riitta Päiväläinen | Mikko Rikala | Noora Sandgren | Jari Silomäki | Santeri Tuori

Jaakko Kahilaniemi
Elina Brotherus | Tiina Itkonen | Ulla Jokisalo | Aino Kannisto | Sanna Kannisto | Sandra Kantanen | Eeva Karhu | Pertti Kekarainen | Timo Kelaranta | Ville Kumpulainen | Hilla Kurki | Milja Laurila | Janne Lehtinen | Ville Lenkkeri | Anni Leppälä | Kira Leskinen | Niko Luoma | Arno Rafael Minkkinen | Rainer Paananen | Nelli Palomäki | Jyrki Parantainen | Jorma Puranen | Riitta Päiväläinen | Mikko Rikala | Noora Sandgren | Jari Silomäki | Santeri Tuori | Niina Vatanen

History

The Helsinki School represents far more than a selected group of photographers from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. It has been the model for a new approach to education as well as a vehicle for collaborative thought and cooperation. Even more, it is a shared vision that began as an experiment in the early nineteen-nineties and eventually evolved into one of the more recognizable teaching programs in the world.

Designed in part by myself, Jorma Puranen, and the then acting director of the school Yrjö Sotamaa, the program sought from the beginning to initiate and advance new career opportunities that were virtually nonexistent at the time for graduating MA photography students. Finland had just emerged from the devastating recession of the early nineteen-nineties and thus found itself in a moment of economic and cultural stagnation. The cultural climate for galleries was provincial and lacked international standards by which to measure itself.

Artists