2014 Such an Early Spring, Valo Gallery, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland


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.



Photographs by: Daria Akimenko, Roselinde Bon, Daria Maroń-Ptak, Mari Mäkiranta, Anka Simoncic, Alexandra Shpiro & Ana Žolnir. Rovaniemi, Finland; Amsterdam, The Netherlands;Kielce, Poland; Warsaw, Poland; Ljubljana, Slovenia and Murmansk, Russia


IMG_5812Detail of the installation. Photographs by: Daria Akimenko, Rovaniemi, Finland and Ana Žolnir, Celje, Slovenia. Installation by: Daria Akimenko & Mari Mäkiranta

Possible Worlds

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.

2012 Sincerely Mine, Gallery Exhibition, Show Room, Rovaniemi Finland

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.

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Peitong Cheng’s art work inspired by traditional Chinese paper sculpture and flows of memories.

Photograph: Emilia Haukka
© Emilia Haukka

2012 Cultural Sustainability & Photography Workshop, Iceland & Finland

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.