The Helsinki School

Now that i have a new, beautiful flat in Helsinki, it’s time to spend some word about what’s going on here. What is known as the Helsinki School was in its essence an educational model devised by the department of professional studies at the university of art and design of Helsinki. In the mid-nineties a series of site-specific exhibitions were created in the inner Helsinki area, with the aim was of taking the class out of the classroom, enabling selected students a chance to experience how to curate, and present their work on a professional level. And that’s basically how TaiK became a permanent fixture producing exhibitions worldwide.

Some of the artists i like are Anni Leppälä: her subtle coloring and classical composition of the photographs evoke a feeling of calm in the viewer, they seems mysterious, at time also unpredictable and uncertain; rooms turn into representation of emotions, memories and dreams.

Hannu Karjalainen: he has brought color back into portraits, in a surprising way, by steeping the subjects’ clothes in paint; the consequence is that painting and photography overlap, taking on an added sculptural quality from the gleaming wet clothing.

© Hannu Karjalainen

Susanna Majuri: in her pictures water plays a decisive role, it is motif, work material and symbol all at once. Water buoys people up an they are apparently able to float in it, and Susanna Majuri seeks in that way counter or parallel worlds, places outside convention,  and dream worlds. Her works have been exhibited, among all, at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.

If you wanna know more The Helsinki School, catalogues are published by Hatje Cantz.

View my article about Hannu Karjalainen published on Horst Und Edeltraut

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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