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New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School

Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki

  • 11.9.2021–31.10.2021

Celebrating the Helsinki School, the exhibition New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School explores various approaches in how to visualize the passage of time.


The Helsinki School is one of the most internationally known Finnish art phenomena. Representing a new approach to education and collaboration, the term refers to a selected group of photographers who took part in the teaching program of adjunct professor Timothy Persons at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (since 2010 Aalto University, School of Arts, Design & Architecture), starting from the early 1990s.

There is no single red line that defines the Helsinki Schools contextual configuration; each generation is given the opportunity to invent themselves. What they all have in common is how they challenge and use the photographic process as a tool for thinking.

New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School features 28 artists representing six generations, all evolving from the Helsinki School.

The exhibition celebrates how ideas can be transformed through a shared collective dialogue. It combines new works and installations juxtaposed with historical pieces that exemplify how this unique educational platform has opened up new perspectives on how we experience photography. Through a selection from 180 artists monographic publications and press reviews this exhibition marks for the first time a focus on the historiography of the Helsinki Schools evolution and why it was able to become one of the longest sustainable photographic movements of its kind.

Artists: 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 Leppl, Kira Leskinen, Niko Luoma, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Rainer Paananen, Nelli Palomki, Jyrki Parantainen, Jorma Puranen, Riitta Pivlinen, Mikko Rikala, Noora Sandgren, Jari Silomki, Santeri Tuori, Niina Vatanen.
The exhibition is curated by Asia Zak Persons.

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