MIKKELI CENTRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre. The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality exhibitions and education, conducts research, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and gallery spaces. We welcome you to visit!
Ulla-Maija Alanen - No mud, no lotus
No mud, no lotus depicts water and phases of growth of three different water plants. Yet, the metaphorical level of ascending from the dark bottom towards light is the most meaningful message of the artist. Alanen found the enchantment of the under water universe in the beginning of the millenium. She was touched by a deep existential experience. At the same time she read the book Water and dreams (1942) by the phenomenologists Gaston Bacelard – she felt as if the book was written of or for her.
Ulla-Maija Alanen is a Helsinki based artist and architect whose art productions have been presented in different parts of the world. She has, among other things, been a pioneer in large-scale façade projections that offer a comment on the urban space. Her current production consists of art exhibitions as well as cultural work with the elderly with memory impairment.
Johanna Vuoksenmaa - My Water Friends
I love water, everything in them, vistas, scents, sounds, and how water is affected. In the summer of 2010 I started spotting lakes and ponds. I wanted to share my knowhow and give tips to other swimmers. I began to photograph and describe my bathing experiences. I received new Water Friends every day and I always took a swim with these guys. Creating new geographic friendships made Finland more familiar, creating meaningful places, raised the map to life. This exhibition was born as a byproduct of this fun.
Johanna Vuoksenmaa (born 1965, Hämeenlinna) is an artist photographer from Tampere. She has graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design, although she has been a film and TV director and scriptwriter in the 21st century. Between 1987 and 2000, her photography and other composing compositions were featured in numerous private and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. My Water Friends is something completely different and Vuoksenmaa's first photo exhibition for almost twenty years.
May-Lis Andersen - You Want to Be a Little Bit by Yourself
Experiences and stories about how we are affected both positively and negatively when we are connected to the internet are many. About the brain that becomes stressed when connected with several devices at the same time. About the mother who was threatened when she took her child to the playground and pointed out to other parents that it would be good to put away the mobiles while hanging out with their children. About the girl who watches it so often that the movement has become an unconscious instinct, an extension of the body. To be seen while keeping a distance. About being a danger in traffic for others and themselves. About the other half who feels invisible and requests divorce. About global friends appearing in the living room. About the wonderful to gets one’s demand of knowledge set at the moment. To carry the music with you at all times.
Or just as Markus thinks; that it's nice to be a little bit on your own when travelling to work.
The working process: On five occasions in the months of May since 2015, at the same spot in Stockholm, I have photographed people passing by with their mobile phones and headphones. At the start of the project I was uncertain of how long I would have to wait, but it turned out that most of the people who walked passed during the hour I was standing there were focused on their devices.
I am interested in the spontaneous expression, and have therefore chosen street photography as my art form. I looked for a bright and uniform background, as I wanted to highlight our movement patterns. The movements become a sort of choreography of the present. It was exciting, on my second visit to the photo spot, to realize that the background wall would not always look the same. Graffiti had changed between the occasions and added a vibrant and fast-paced feel to the pictures.
The photographs are printed as silvergelatin prints traditionally in the darkroom.
Historical Mikkeli - The Summer of Saara Särkkä
Aula's show will continue to represent the work of Saara Särkkä. Now we are able to visit Pulkkisen kulma at Savilahdenkatu 5–7 in the 50's and at the Särkkäs' summer cottage at Mustasaari, Ristiina.
Saara Särkkä os. Nyberg (1925-2004, Mikkeli) worked originally as a photographer at Oulasvirta's photo studio, later in Mikkelin valokuvausliike. The assignments included weddings, funerals and other events. When the children's number increased to seven in the 60's, Saara stayed home as a housewife. The photos are from her home album.
Risto Pulkkinen and Sakari Särkkä, Savilahdenkatu 5-7's courtyard, 1952.
Historical Mikkeli - Graani and Tuppurala in Pictures
The most vibrant season of the Tuppurala working community was at the time of the Oy Grahn Ltd’s plywood and cottage factory. Production at the Grahn was at its widest at the beginning of the 1960s, with 550 employees. Grahn’s operations ended in 1986. Small apartment houses will be built at the factory site in the near future.
Image: Rauhaniementie 13, in the 1950's. (Photo: Raimo Laine)
Näkemisestä - On Seeing
On Seeing is a photography based installation that handles seeing and being seen in the society. In order to create this piece, visual artist Jenni Haili has challenged herself to meet people, that we might deliberately or unintentionally pass by in our everyday lives, without really seeing them.
In the installation the photographs (Haili has taken) are at first presented in the analogue photograph’s latent* form, when the picture has been exposed on the photo paper, but has not yet been developed. In order not to destroy the latent image, the exhibition space has been transformed in to darkroom look-a-like. The viewer gets to meet the people in the images at first via their own words.
As the exhibition progresses, the images will be developed in performances on: Wed 14.3. at 7pm, Sat 17.3. at 12am, Sat 24.3. at 12am, Sat 31.3. at 12am and Sat 7.4. at 12 am.
Welcome to watch the magic of creating an analog photo!
* Latent = present but not visible, apparent, or actualised; existing as potential
When printing photographic images analogically of a negative film, the film is first placed in an enlarger, where light passes through the negative and projects the image on to a photographic paper. The (light) exposure will create a latent image on the silver, contained within the photo paper. This image is as such not visible, but can be made visible through development. In order to preserve the image and make it endure white light, the print must be fixed. In the fixing process the silver that was not exposed nor developed will be removed from the paper.
Jenni Haili (b. 1980) is a Helsinki based visual artist who has made her MA in the Aalto University School of Art and Design. Her works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. She also works as a part time teacher and technician of photography in the Art University Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. (?) Haili works with a multitude of techniques, mainly basing her works on photography. A reoccurring theme in her works is a play with showing and hiding
Tower Over is a look-see into a forest and landscape; it is an inspection of independence and experiencing nature. The photographic montages present shards of abounding natural phenomena and the human relationship to surrounding nature. The photographic materian was shot in Pacific Northwest America and in the Häme region in Finland.
The works were created with a traditional darkroom process, but in fact the photograph has been deconstructed to its’ various elements only to be put back together in different order. The collages consisting of digital photos have been printed on transparent film as negatives and later exposed in daylight on to silk and paper. Cyanotype (a.k.a. blueprint) is an iron based photographic process, in which emulsion is applied onto a surface and exposed in ultraviolet light to create a positive print. The chemical reaction creates a Prussian blue hue.
Anna Niskanen (b.1990, Helsinki) is a Helsinki based photographic artist and holds a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University. Her practice concentrates on challenging traditional defining features of photography, and she combines digital and analog methods fluently. The narratives often stem from landscape and souvenir photographs from travels
Saara Särkkä, photographer
The collections of historical photographs of the Mikkeli Centre of Photography are made up of donations from the public. The exhibitions in the lobby illustrate Mikkeli's diverse cultural heritage with old photographs that have been digitized, restored and printed at the Centre.
The lobby exhibitions offer the opportunity for the elderly people to recall their memoirs, and also open up prospects for younger visitors to Mikkeli's history.
At the moment we represent photographs by Saara Särkkä (1925-2004, born: Nyberg) from Tuppurala, Mikkeli in the 1960's. Särkkä started as a photographer at Oulasvirta's photography studio in the 40's, working later in Mikkelin valokuvausliike. The assignments included weddings, funerals and other events. When the family's child number increased to seven in the 60's, Saara stayed home as a housewife. The photos shown are from her home album.
Hanna Koikkalainen - Lakkautettu kylä / The Abandoned Village
The Abandoned Village is a photo exhibition with music. It is about leaving and leaving a place.
The exhibition combines old and new pictures, evacuated memories, archive extracts and natural elements collected from Suistamo.
Migration and leaving home is and will always be a topical issue. Perhaps we can look at modern migrants when we remember our own history.
Hanna Koikkalainen (born 1980, Imatra, Finland) is a graduate of Aalto University School of Art and Design. Koikkalainen is interested in history, stories, memories and nature.
Hanneriina Moisseinen - Kannas / The Isthmus
Moisseinen's graphic novel exhibition Kannas / The Isthmus is a fictional, archive-based trip to Karelian Isthmus and the year 1944. The exhibition consists of graphic novel originals, archive photographs and a soundtrack. The focus of the graphic novel is in the war experiences of the civilians but also animals.
Hanneriina Moisseinen, MA (born 1978, Joensuu, Finland) is an award-winning graphic novel artist, whose background in visual art can be clearly seen from her work. Moisseinen's art has been shown in art galleries and museums in more than 15 countries. She has published four graphic novel albums that have also been translated to other language.
Armas Häkkinen - Memories of Mikkeli
Armas Häkkinen (1901, Viipuri - 1973, Mikkeli) was a plumber, but he practiced the profession of a photographer throughout his working life. He had received the education in photography in the army in 1921-22.
Onni Väisänen, a colleaque in the military, had founded a photography business in Mikkeli. Häkkinen brought his four-member family to Mikkeli because he knew Väisänen.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Armas Häkkinen produced about one hundred Mikkeli postcards, which he sold mainly in local shops.
The Mikkeli photos by Armas Häkkinen are still frequently used for many purposes in various publications, because Armas never signed his postcards.
Arto Häkkinen, Armas Häkkinen’s son, has donated his father's negatives to the collection of Mikkeli Photo Centre of Photography.
PAST EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
December 2017 was for youth culture
In December 2017 the Centre organized the Cultural Path for Media Education, Mikkeli Media Arts -education and Mikkeli Grand Lan -event for the youngsters. All the gallery spaces were dedicated to youth culture, events and media education.