“What distinguishes the Helsinki School artists is their ability to use the photographic process as a conceptual tool. Collectively, their ideas are as varied as their raw materials, yet all seemly share a fascination with the passage of time through the measurement of light and self-reflection. The shared dialogue between students, teachers, and alumni has formed the foundation for an open environment that has produced four volumes of the Helsinki School books and over 60 individual publications worldwide. Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture is committed to finding new innovative approaches to address education in the future. The Helsinki School is a good example of how an educational model became an international standard by encouraging its students to close their eyes to see.”
— Timothy Persons, curator of New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School, which opens January 24th at the Scandinavia House in New York.
Exhibiting artists include: Joakim Eskildsen(whose body of work, Home Works, was featured on LightBox—and above) Pasi Autio, Tiina Itkonen, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Anni Leppälä, Niko Luoma, Riita Päiväläinen, and Mikko Sinervo.