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12.9. - 8.11.2020

The Young Artist of The Year 2020 - Aapo Huhta

Aapo Huhta is an artist photographer working in Helsinki. He graduated as Master of Fine Arts from Aalto University in 2015. Huhta focuses on experimental documentarism. The art of books of photography and related experiments with different methods and narratives are important aspects of his works. Huhta has published two books of photographs, Block (Kehrer Verlag, 2015) and Omatandangole (Kehrer Verlag, 2019) and has held solo exhibitions in Finland, Germany and Sweden. Aapo Huhta is the 36th Young Artist of the Year.

’I photographed the works for my first two books in New York and in the desert of Namibia. The themes on which I work are not completely clear to me when I start. This vagueness is one is of the things that I enjoy most in photography — it leads me beyond my own imagination. It is necessary to lose my way. I find the greatest satisfaction if I finally find my way, if I myself learn to understand what my photographs are ultimately about. That is when the piece is finished, having formed itself as it were.

I often find myself creating photographs in which familiar things become unfamiliar, the everyday becomes unreal, or things just look strange. In my photographs, man is often lost. Even though everything around us is chaotic and disintegrating, it is possible to discover and make photographs that show it all as perfect and pristine, completely different from what reality seems to be. Maybe the perfect moment captured by the camera was after all true for an instant — like unattainable bliss, which always disappears as fast as it has appeared.’

12.9. - 8.11.2020

Michael Najjar liquid, 2013

Space Works - Backlight2020

The exhibition Space Works is part of the Backlight 2020, Related Realities photographic art event. Space Works explores and tests our relationship with outer space. It consists of contemporary artworks addressing the themes of hope and opportunity as well as the threats and suspicion that we associate with the infinite universe beyond our home planet.

The exhibition is produced by Backlight 2020, the Hasselblad Center of Sweden and the Tampere Art Museum. Space Works is curated by Louise Wolthers, Sara Walker and Melanie Vandenbrouck together with Maija Tammi and Hannu Vanhanen.

The artists of Space Works exhibition

Monica Alcazar-Duarte (UK-Mexico)
Helena Blomqvist (Sweden)
Caroline Corbasson (France)
Nanna Debois Buhl (Denmark)
Joan Fontcuberta (Spain)
Johannes Heldén (Sweden)
Anna Hoetjes (Netherlands)
Sasha Huber (Switzerland-Finland)
Michael Najjar (Germany)
Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany)
Bianca Salvo (Italy)
Johan Österholm (Sweden)

Backlight 2020 Exhibitions

Related Realities 5.9.–25.10.2020
Gallery Himmelblau, Finlaysoninkuja 9
Wed – Fri 12-18, Sat – Sun 12-16
Free entry

Space Works 12.9.–8.11.2020
Tampere Art Museum, Puutarhakatu 34
Tue – Thurs 9–17, Fri – Sun 10–18, Mon closed
Adults 11 €, Children (7-17 y.), unemployed, pensioners and students 5 €, Children under 7 y for free; Free admission on Fridays at 15-18

Visual Catalysts 26.9.–18.10.2020
Culture House Laikku, Keskustori 4
Tue – Fri 9–21, Sat – Sun 10–18
Free entry

Bénédicte Vanderreydt: Mater Semper (Certa) Est 5.–28.9.2020
Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Kauppakatu 14
Mon – Fri 12-18, Sat – Sun 12-16
Free entry

Light in The Tunnel 5.9.–31.12.2020
Ratina tunnel gallery
Ratinan raitti, from Suvantokatu to Voimakatu
Open 24/7, free entry