September 23, 2005 - Helsinki Photography Biennial - 8 October – 6 November 2005
September 23, 2005

8 October – 6 November 2005

Helsinki Photography Festival 2005
8 October – 6 November 2005

Kunsthalle Helsinki, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Finnish Museum of Photography

www.helsinkiphotographyfestival.net

Image: Anne Hardy, Small Space, from the series Interior Landscapes (2003-4).

to be continued/jatkuu provides the centrepiece for the Helsinki Photography Festival, the oldest international photography event in Finland. Organised jointly by the British Council and the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, to be continued/jatkuu examines many of the current preoccupations of artists using lens-based media in both Finland and the UK today. Focussing on the current debate within photography about where the medium is heading, the exhibitions title alludes to the convention of the film/soap opera trailer which maintains its audiences interest by suggesting that resolution may be just around the corner. Using photography, video and installation, the 18 artists work deals with the fundamental questions concerning the photographic medium the interplay between objectivity and subjectivity; the real and constructed; narrative, time and space to propose new and arresting answers.

The artists in the show are Marion Coutts, Simon Faithfull, Anne Hardy, Idris Khan, Mark Lewis, Caroline McCarthy, Gareth McConnell, Gary Stevens, Danny Treacy, Wood & Harrison (UK), Heli Hiltunen, Sanna Kannisto, Pertti Kekarainen, Elina Saloranta, Jari Silomäki, Anu Suhonen, Sonja Suominen and Jyri Pitkänen (Finland).

Over the past two decades, photographic culture in both Finland and the UK has become embedded within a broader cultural discourse, a state which has arisen from the serious attention the medium has been accorded from academic, critical and public sources. As a result, artists in both countries share an interest in exploring the role which the photographic image can play in proposing new ways of addressing the perennial questions preoccupying the medium today. Whilst deliberating about these eternal issues, what becomes apparent is the impossibility of repeating the same old propositions, ideas and strategies when pictured, the world always unfolds anew.

The exhibition will take place at three venues in Helsinki the Kunstalle Helsinki will house the major exhibition, and solo artist presentations will take place at Hippolyte Gallery (Gareth McConnell) and the Finnish Museum of Photography (Gary Stevens). In addition, there will be a screening programme arranged in collaboration with MUU gallery from 8-16 October. The selected artists for the screening programme from the UK are: Nooshin Farhid, Susan MacWilliam, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain and Hiraki Sawa, and from Finland: Hannu Karjalainen, Johanna Lecklin, Alli Savolainen and Kari Yli-Annala.

Importantly for a festival which aims to create a dialogue between artists and the public, there will be a programme of discussions, a seminar on the role of photography magazines entitled Photography magazines in the 21st century a dying breed?; a reading room with a wide selection of photography publications; artists talks, an education programme and artists residency with the Helsinki International Artists Programme (HIAP). Simon Faithfull whose practice embraces new approaches to lens-based media will undertake a residency in Finland in the run-up to the opening of the show.

The catalogue, entitled to be continued / jatkuu (softback, 72 pages), presents the artists of the Helsinki Photography Festival 2005 exhibitions and screenings through individual commissioned essays on their work. In addition, there are more general articles that address the specificity of the photographic medium and the role of photography magazines in contemporary media culture.

The festival is curated by Mika Elo (theorist and photographer based in both Helsinki and Bremen) and Brett Rogers (Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions, Visual Arts, British Council, London). The project coordinators are Marjatta Tikkanen (Director, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki) and Kirsi Korhonen (Arts Manager, British Council, Helsinki). Marjatta Tikkanen is also the festival producer.

Please note that the following should be used in all publicity regard the project the Helsinki Photography Festival 2005 is a joint initiative of the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte and the British Council.

For further information please visit www.helsinkiphotographyfestival.net

or contact
Brett Rogers, brett.rogers@britishcouncil.org
Kirsi Korhonen, kirsi.korhonen@britishcouncil.fi
Marjatta Tikkanen, photo@artists.fi

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