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Helsinki Photography Festival 2005 - to be continued... / jatkuu…
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Finnish Museum of Photography/Process, MUU gallery

Helsinki Photography Festival 2005 to be continued... / jatkuu... presents new Finnish and British contemporary photography and video art. The festival is the oldest international photography event in Finland. The tenth edition is organised jointly by the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte and the British Council.

The festival is curated by Mika Elo (Doctor of Arts, artist photographer) and Brett Rogers (MA, Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions, Visual Arts Department, British Council, London). The coordinators of the festival are Marjatta Tikkanen (Director, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte) and Kirsi Korhonen (Arts Manager, British Council, Helsinki). Marjatta Tikkanen is also the festival producer.

The centrepiece of the festival is an EXHIBITION entitled to be continued... / jatkuu... which takes place at three venues in Helsinki - Kunstalle Helsinki, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte and Finnish Museum of Photography/Process – and consists of works by 18 UK and Finnish artists. Using photography, video, installation and painting, the works deal with the fundamental questions concerning the photographic medium – the interplay between objectivity and subjectivity; the real and constructed; narrative, time and space. The majority of the works are new and are shown in Finland for the first time.

The UK artists are: Simon Faithfull, Anne Hardy, Paul Harrison & Jonathan Wood, Idris Khan, Mark Lewis, Caroline McCarthy, Gareth McConnell, Gary Stevens and Danny Treacy; and the Finnish artists: Heli Hiltunen, Sanna Kannisto, Pertti Kekarainen, Jyri Pitkänen, Elina Saloranta, Jari Silomäki, Anu Suhonen and Sonja Suominen. The exhibition will be shown in Kunsthalle Helsinki from 8 October – 6 November 2005 and in the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte and Finnish Museum of Photography from 7 October – 6 November 2005.

Another key visual element of the festival will be the curated SCREENINGS and related discussions. The artists in the screenings are: Nooshin Farhid, Hannu Karjalainen, Johanna Lecklin, Susan MacWilliam, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Alli Savolainen, Hiraki Sawa and Kari Yli-Annala. The screenings will be shown at MUU gallery from 8-16 October.

In addition to the exhibition and screenings there will be a SEMINAR exploring the role of the photography magazines in the 21st century (for professionals) and a SEMINAR exploring the themes of the exhibition (open to the public), a series of thematically arranged ARTISTS’S TALKS, an education programme and an artist’s residency organised in collaboration with the Helsinki International Artists Programme HIAP. The festival aims to foster lively discussions between artists and their audiences.

The CATALOGUE, entitled to be continued… / jatkuu… (72 pages), presents the artists of the Helsinki Photography Festival 2005 exhibitions and screenings through numerous colour images and individually commissioned essays on their work. Furthermore, there are more general articles that address the specificity of the photographic medium and the role of photography magazines in contemporary media culture. Writers include David Brittain, David Campany, Elina Heikka and Hanna Johansson. The catalogue is available from the exhibition venues and costs EUR20.