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Collected North

The Helsinki School pf Photography in Istanbul

May 29, 2014 – September 6, 2014

x-ist, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah. Mumhane Cd., No:50, K:2 34425 Beyoğlu

Ironically, x-ist’s summer show is concerned with our more northern, colder-minded neighbours. Curated by Timothy Persons, the exhibition brings together a selection of works from five internationally known photographers: Anni Leppälä, Joakim Eskildsen, Saana Wang, Sandra Kantanen and Pertti Kekarainen, who all belong to the Helsinki School of Photography.

The Helsinki School grew out of an educational model that was initiated in the mid-1990s in the Photographic Department of Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. It has become one of the most recognisable programmes of its kind and is an educational leader in how we perceive, interpret and use the photographic process in the 21st century.

The exhibition explores how these artists interpret their relationships with nature, as with Kantanen’s measurements of time through self reflection (below), and Leppälä’s similarly themed installation. Meanwhile, Wang captures the sensibility of a culture in transition with her Chinese portraits of people on the verge of domestic displacement (above), and Eskildsen photographs expose the realities of America below the poverty line, from a series that was first published in Time in 2012. Finally, Kekarainen’s photographs are constructed from the word ‘Tila’ which in Finnish has nine different meanings. How he combines these different spaces into one visual image is an example of to how the photographic process can be used as a conceptual tool.

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