This visual essay is the selection of the works related on Such an Early Spring exhibition. The essay illustrates, how the young people characterise the meanings of their living environments; place seems to adhere to the people’s location and time. Place also gets the aesthetic and verbal interpretation in the essay.
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.
Detail of the installation. Photographs by: Daria Akimenko, Rovaniemi, Finland and Ana Žolnir, Celje, Slovenia. Installation by: Daria Akimenko & Mari Mäkiranta
Film by Nuno Escudeiro, Mari Mäkiranta & Daria Akimenko.
The material of the film contains the still photographs and stories related on young people’s living environments. Thank you all the participants from Poland, Finland, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Netherlands.
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.
Poster design: Juhani Näränen
Peitong Cheng’s art work inspired by traditional Chinese paper sculpture and flows of memories.
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. Here are the examples of the emotional looking on childhood places in Rósa Gísladóttir’s and Ása Hlin Svavarsdóttir’s photographs.
© Rósa Gísladóttir
© Ása Hlin Svavarsdóttir
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