Mikkeli Centre of Photography
Puistokatu 3
50100 Mikkeli, Finland
Tel. +358 45 1494866

Tuesday-Friday 12am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed

Five gallery spaces in a beautiful building at the university campus of Mikkeli.

TEEMU MÄKI 22.8.-21.9.2019

How to Be a Man or a Woman or Something Else

Portrait of Maru (Version 1, part of a triptych, 2018) by Teemu Mäki.

The exhibition by Teemu Mäki deals with a topical and important issue: non-binary gender and transsexuality. The philosophical exhibition creates a strong statement on the behalf of tolerance and many-sided humanity.

Mäki writes: "Many transpeople feel that the binary idea of gender that only recognizes two genders is false. For example, a transmasculine person can be more like a man than a woman on the male-female continuum, yet without being unequivocally a man only. Some transpeople feel that the terms "male", "female", or their intermediate forms and combinations are not suitable at all tp describe their gender, defining instead their gender with the term non-binary gender."

The exhibition showcases multi-part portraits of all kinds of people and of their relationship to gender, family and mortality. It also includes a short film called How Many Genders Are There?, which consists of interviews with transpeople. The large exhibition is displayed in all five gallery spaces.

Teemu Mäki is an artist, author, theatre director and researcher (Doctor of Arts).
He is the chair of The Artists' Association of Finland.


Mikkeli Centre of Photography was established in 1989, being one of the oldest centres of photography in Finland. We celebrate our 30th jubilee in 2019. Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre, which houses five separate gallery spaces: Hall, Gallery I, Gallery II, Gallery III and Lounge Gallery. In these galleries there are constanty changing exhibitions showing contemporary Finnish photography, and in Gallery III photographs of the local cultural history and heritage. There is also a small, high quality library of photographic books for the audience in the Lounge as well as an Information Service Desk.

The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality art exhibitions, conducts photography, art and media education, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and design workshop space Kultura for artists' work, education and research. We work in cooperation with the Cultural Services of Mikkeli City and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


The exhibitions of Mikkeli Centre of Photography are open as follows:
Tuesday-Friday 12am–5pm
Saturday 10am–3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed.

The summer exhibition is open every day in July, 10am-5pm.

As an exception to normal opening hours, the centre is closed on Bank Holidays, during weeks 51–52 and Midsummer 21–24.6., and when there is a construction period of new exhibitions.


Admission fee: 5 €.
Students, pensioners, draftees, unemployed: 3 €.
Children and youth under 18, press, members of Mikkeli Photography Centre: free admission.
Educational groups with a teacher: free admission.

The centre and the exhibition spaces are fully accesible to individuals using a wheelchair.