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Helsinki School

Gallery Taik Persons

The body of work produced by Maanantai Collective is the result of creative processes undertaken by 'one common author and sixteen eyes', as the Collective puts it. This group of young photographers challenges the notion of authorship; it therefore comes as no surprise that individual names remain in the background in Maanantai's public presence as a collective whole. The series Nine Names Mountains is a group adventure in the classic road-trip genre, a poetic and absurdist exploration of distance and scale. The assembled works reveal the intertwining of many  stories. The material used was passed from one artist to the other and reinterpreted collectively. Weaving together an eclectic array of literary references, different objects, and multiple media - including analog photography, video stills, laser prints, drawings, and mobile phone shots - these works show the traces of random experiences, chance observations, and improvised happenings.