Showing at Landskrona Museum 8 June 2017 – 28 January 2018
In anticipation of the construction of a photographic history museum in Landskrona, Landskrona Foto presents three unique exhibits based on collections and archives. “TIME/LIGHT/LOVE – Swedish Photographic Portraits 1840-2017” is the second of these. While the first exhibit, ”AgNO3: Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden”, which became a public and critical success, explored the use of photography for scientific purposes, this follow-up exhibition revolves around the intimate, the secret and the human.
Time, light and love; Landskrona Museum allows people with lives as complex as our own to come forth from bygone times. The stories of our lives run in tandem with our lives — stories that are told verbally, in text and images, by ourselves and by others. We document and invent each other, we take away and add, we reveal and hide, we give and we take. The exhibit’s photographs, extraordinary and beautiful, create the possibility of comparing our lives to theirs, and measuring our time against times past.
Photo: Anna Riwkin. Self-portrait as Nefertiti, ca 1930. Moderna museet. Ernst Algot Frank. Polismuseet, Stockholm.
Showing at Landskrona Museum 29 June – 17 September 2017
In summer 2017, and a little way into the autumn, as part of Landskrona Foto View, Landskrona will be showing parts of the Finnish photo miracle. Landskrona Foto View was launched in 2014 and each year is devoted to investigating and exhibiting photographs from the photo treasury of a selected country. After Turkey, the Czech Republic and Ireland, it is now photographs from our neighbouring country in the east that will be shown. Landskrona’s choice of Finland coincides with the celebration of the country as an independent nation; a hundred years have passed since 1917 when Finland declared its independence after the October Revolution in Russia. In the last 25 years Finland has established itself as one of the most interesting places for photography, a flow of original and talented photographers have emerged from the land of a thousand lakes to take their place on the world’s photographic stage.
Timothy Persons, adjunct professor at the Aalto University in Helsinki, and the photographer Hasse Persson, formerly artistic leader of the Hasselblad Center, have curated the exhibition. Landskrona Foto View Finland will be shown in three parts – a kind of triptych that moves from past to present. The first part presents works by the photographer Pentti Sammallahti and a selection of his early pupils such as Jorma Puranen, Joakim Eskildsen and Jyrki Parantainen; part two is a solo exhibition with Ulla Jokisalo; and part three focuses on the youngest members of the Helsinki School and how this later generation uses the photographic medium as an instrument for their artistic activity.
The uniting factor in these Finnish successes is the artistic current that goes under the name of the Helsinki School. The common denominator for the photographers and artists belonging to this school is that almost all of them have qualified from the Aalto University’s college of art, design and architecture. After their studies, several of the former pupils have returned there to teach, thus establishing and continuously strengthening the mentorship and this platform for the development of an independent spirit and talent.
One of the strengths of the Helsinki School is that the group has promoted a distinctive national character – albeit individually expressed – in an increasingly globalized art world. Some of the current photographers have been regarded as being before their time; that often means being precisely in phase with one’s time. There is debate about how exactly photography relates to reality, and how a country’s history relates to pictures of this history, but whereas Finland has partly gone through the same eras as other countries, Finnish society bears the stamp of a nation that was born in blood and fire. In the Civil War in 1918, opposition between different classes led to violence and death. Moreover, Finland’s geographical position has meant that the country is squeezed between east and west, and the Finnish language originated in a different language family from that of its Nordic neighbours.
In several of the oeuvres on show at Landskrona Foto View one can discern an identity shaped by being a kind of outsider and knowing how fragile life is. Several of the photographers in the Helsinki School seem to reach for the camera when something is wrong or mysterious. They want to turn the crime/problem/pain into a picture that can be viewed independently of the photographer. Precisely that, along with a certain sense for light, is seen repeatedly in the work of several of the Finnish photographers. The ability to understand and see light is of course part of the repertoire of all skilled picture makers, but in the photography of, say Pentti Sammallahti (he often works in a mysterious light, in twilight) one can see a dedication to the nature of light; Sammallahti handles light by accepting its chance character, its shifting quality.
Landskrona’s photographic venture is making waves, as a commitment that has been well received both by the people of Landskrona and by outsiders, public and critics alike. When Landskrona Foto View now enters the museum for the fourth year running, it is a continuation of an established summer tradition, and Landskrona is particularly proud to be able to show Finland as a photo country now that the nation is celebrating its hundredth birthday.
Photo: Ulla Jokisalo, Endangered, Uhanalainen, 2015. © the artist, courtesy Gallery Taik Persons.
2000 Mary Ellen Mark 2001 Josef Koudelka 2002 Disfarmer 2003 Lennart Olsson 2004 Antanas Sutkus 2005 Hasse Persson 2006 Lee Friedlander 2007 Åke E:son Lindman Anders Hilding 2008 Walker Evans Sune Jonsson 2009 Kent Klich 2010 Nicho Södling Joakim Eskildsen 2011 Gerry Johansson 2012 Dawid 2013 Paint with light: Original photographs from Landskrona Museum’s collections. Landskrona Foto Festival: Daido Moriyama, Jacob Aue Sobol, JH Engström and more. 2014 Regeneration2
Kerstin Bernhard Focus Turkey Landskrona Foto Festival: Nan Goldin, Bertien van Manen, Rinko Kawauchi and more. 2015 Eric Antoine Jem Southam View Czech Republic Duane Michals Scarlett Hooft Graafland Boris Michailov Landskrona Foto Festival: Tacita Dean, Mia Engberg, Alexia Monduit, Veronique Bourgoin and more. 2016 Joan Fontcuberta Landskrona Foto Festival: Elina Brotherus, Omar Victor Diop, Denis Darzacq and more. 2016 Lars Kleen – Gunnar Smoliansky
Landskrona Foto View: Ireland
AgNO3 – Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden
Mary Ellen Mark
Åke E:son Lindman
Paint with light: Original photographs from Landskrona Museum’s collections.
Landskrona Foto Festival: Daido Moriyama, Jacob Aue Sobol, JH Engström and more.
Landskrona Foto Festival: Nan Goldin, Bertien van Manen, Rinko Kawauchi and more.
View Czech Republic
Scarlett Hooft Graafland
Landskrona Foto Festival: Tacita Dean, Mia Engberg, Alexia Monduit, Veronique Bourgoin and more.
Landskrona Foto Festival: Elina Brotherus, Omar Victor Diop, Denis Darzacq and more.
Lars Kleen – Gunnar Smoliansky
Storing framed photographs, after and between exhibitions, is often a problem for photographers, for reasons of space and security. Landskrona Foto offers photographers the chance to store exhibition pictures. One condition for this is that we judge that the exhibition pictures can be interesting to show in their entirety or in parts in Landskrona during the next five to seven years.
Storage is free of charge for the photographer, using a heated warehouse with a high security level. If parts of the stored exhibition are later shown in Landskrona, this can take place on condition that the photographer approves the context. Questions of payments are settled when the situation arises.