Over a period of a spring and summer in 2013, 16 young artists photographed their living environments in Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia and Russia. The Such an Early Spring exhibition demonstrates how young people interpret the social changes, cultural diversity and everyday experiences that are attached to their living surroundings. The exhibition and research has been funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
The film shows the collection of the stories and photographs related on my post-doctoral project “Young people’s living environments and photography art”. Thank you all the participants from Poland, Finland, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Netherlands. The film has been made in collaboration with the Portuguese filmmaker Nuno Escudeiro.
I wanted to depict these young people as political and emotional, and visualise their experiences.
The exhibition Sincerely Mine is a part of a project called Cultural Sustainability and Photography Workshop. The aim of the exhibition was to gain the understanding of the values, heritage, and memories that artists want to foster and pass on to others and next generations.
Photograph: Emilia Haukka
© Emilia Haukka
The workshop was organized in collaboration between University of Lapland, Iceland Academy of the Arts and Cirrus – Nordic and Baltic Network of Art and Design Education. The workshop took place in Reykjavik, Iceland and Rovaniemi, Finland. At the heart of the workshop laid the questions of cultural, social and environmental sustainability. The participants of the workshop came from Nordic and Baltic countries.
The exhibition consists of the personal photographs and memories that artists attach on their significant childhood places. Based on the old photographs and memories, we produced new pictures and re-constructed our lived pasts. Here are the examples of the emotional looking on childhood in Rósa Gísladóttir’s and Ása Hlin Svavarsdóttir’s photographs.
2011 Article of the year, Naistutkimus/Kvinnoforskning, Finnish Journal of Women Studies: Mari Mäkiranta: “Repetitive acts and radical intimacy – Self-portrait photography art and the possibilities of resistance”. The choice was made by Emerita Professor Ulla Vuorela, University of Tampere, Finland