Gallery TaiK is delighted to present the solo exhibition of young Finnish photographer Nelli Palomäki, who is a member of the Helsinki School.
In her new series Elsa and Viola the artist deals with the tradition of the classic black-and-white portrait. Palomäki sees her portraits as a means of communication. She tries not to be only the person behind the camera but also to actively take part in the process of the picture making, to be present. This presence she also searches within the persons she takes pictures of. She concentrates on their gestures and the diversity of glances.The not completely controllable and independent status of the photographic portrait fascinates her the most: "In the beginning alike, but in the end completely different."
Gallery TaiK Berlin is delighted to announce the exhibition with Helsinki School artist Ville Lenkkeri.
Press release in German:
Die Ausstellung zeigt Aufnahmen, die der finnische Fotograf Ville Lenkkeri in der nahezu verlassenen sowjetischen Bergarbeiterstadt Pyramiden auf Spitzbergen gemacht hat. Die Inselgruppe im nördlichen Polarmeer verfügte über reiche Kohlevorkommen, so auch das bis vor einigen Jahren von Russland verwaltete Bergarbeiterstädtchen mit dem interessanten Namen „Pyramiden", das Lenkkeri nur mühevoll erreichen konnte.
The photographic emulsion, plate or paper - is an unknown quantity, whereupon one can note with light, as the painter can with his implements.
-L. Moholy-Nagy, 1928
The pioneer of the abstract colour photograms had been already occupied by the same questions, which also distinguish the works of Mikko Sinervo and Ea Vasko: Light, colour and space. Different to Moholy-Nagy, these artists approach from the representational, transferring it into a borderland to abstraction.
Hannu Karjalainen has been chosen in Finland as the artist of the year 2009. His works circle between video, photography and performance. In his videos and photographs he deals with the meaning of certain colors and with aspects of the portrait.
In the exhibition Karjalainen´s latest video installation Blackpool Pleasure Beach (2009) will be presented. On a grid of 66 squares painted on the wall with 11 colors picked from low budget airline companies (e.g. Easy Jet) Karjalainen projects a seascape video shot in Blackpool, the popular tourist spot in Great Britain. The installation is a constantly changing exploration of color - how it changes our perception of what we are looking at and what connotations it can have. Furthermore Karjalainen creates a contemporary motif of transience: low budget airlines that bring tourists to the beaches and who threaten at the same time the existence of these places because of the rising sea level.
Gallery TaiK is proud to present the solo exhibition by Finnish photographer Janne Lehtinen who is also a representative of The Helsinki School.
The artist born 1970 in Karhula, Finland graduated in 2002 as a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. His career has included a number of international solo exhibitions. Lehtinen´s work is held in several of the major international photographic collections and he is the subject of a forthcoming monograph Janne Lehtinen - Night Shift, that will be published in 2009.