Helsinki Photography Biennial
curator: Basak Senova
other curatorial input: Mustarinda Association and Branko Franceschi
curator's assistant: Begum Satiroglu
artists: Jesper Just, Raqs Media Collective, Olof Jarlbro, Ali Cherri, Braco Dimitrijevic, Oliver Ressler, Daniel Garcia Andujar, Serkan Taycan, Tuula Narhinen Barbaros Kayan, Hana Miletic, Jawal Al Malhi, Yane Calovski, Tamas Dezso, Marja Halender, Mary McIntyre, Willie Doherty, Société Réaliste, and Tomislav Gotovac
produced by: Union of Artist Photographers in collaboration with The Finnish Museum of Photography
venues: Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, The Finnish Museum of Photography, 3-building in Jätkäsaari, Kaisa House (Helsinki University Main Library) and Galleria U (Hungarian Cultural Centre Helsinki)
projects in public space
Barbaros Kayan’s poster project presented at Helsinki Central Railway Station, S-Ikkunagalleria, Hippolyte Corridor, The Finnish Museum of Photography and Restaurant Hima, and Sali at the Cable Factory
coordinates: Helsinki, 2014
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Helsinki Photography Biennial is a series of events on photo/lens-based contemporary art, organized every two years in the spring by Union of Artist Photographers in Finland. HPB14 is produced by Union of Artist Photographers and Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in collaboration with The Finnish Museum of Photography.
HPB14 addresses the theme of Ecological Fallacy. In statistics, ecological fallacy describes errors due to performing analyses on aggregate data when trying to reach conclusions on the individual units. Errors occur in part from spatial aggregation. In this context, the biennial would like to investigate fallacies of ecological knowledge. Therefore, the biennial seeks correlated artistic approaches and perspectives as a way of producing and processing evident critical, social and cultural discourses on these fallacies. Throughout the course of this process, archives will be the essential tool of the biennial. In this way, HPB14 will foster collaborative connections between ecological data and photography-based archives.
HPB14 has invited Mustarinda Association (Finland) to develop the theme of the 2014 biennial, which examines causal relations regarding ecological issues, and to build a section presenting critical views on images of nature. Mustarinda has initiated four research-based artistic processes to critically examine the development of images of nature, focusing on Archives, Architecture, Forests and Energy. Team leaders for the sections include following artists and researchers: Paavo Järvensivu, Karoliina Lummaa, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Martti Kalliala, Jenna Sutela, Nestori Syrjälä, Antti Majava, Tere Vadén. The results will be exhibited as a part of HPB14. Within these processes, theoretical work is tied to bodily experience through workshops carried out in the Mustarinda House, located next to an old-growth forest in central Finland. In addition Mustarinda will invite artists and researchers to contribute to the sections. A complete list of these participants will be announced in early 2014.
Furthermore, Branko Franceschi (Zagreb) co-curates a special section for the biennial.
Mustarinda Association initiates four research-based artistic processes to critically examine the development of images of nature, focusing on archives, architecture, forests and energy. The results will be exhibited under the title Focal Views as a part of HPB14. Within these processes, theoretical work is tied to bodily experience through workshops carried out in the Mustarinda House, located next to an old-growth forest in central Finland. This combination opens up the possibility for developing and carrying out focal practices that resist alienation, presenting objects in their specific, non-replaceable and non-abstracted forms.