The exhibition explores the nature of a landscape by conceptualizing it from an internal perspective based upon our sensibilities. In other words, how to visualize and define nature beyond the physical world of animals, plants and sunsets by using those essential qualities that characterize who we are. This is most evident in the works of Elina Brotherus, Ulla Jokisalo, Janne Lehtinen, Ville Lenkkeri, Anni Leppälä and Jari Silomäki, who create situations where the images reflect a specific attitude or emotional condition that’s somehow universal for all of us. On the other hand, Sanna Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Riitta Päiväläinen and Jorma Puranen focus their themes on a more poetic interpretation, by using the natural elements to compose moments for self-reflection on where the human condition is within it. Yet all share a common thread with Eeva Karhu, Jyrki Parantainen and Santeri Tuori, whose works measure time passage by how we collect, layer or move through it. Joined together all of these selected artists share a notional approach in how to photographically capture those complex emotional attributes that determine what our personal natures look like.
The accompanying exhibition A Fresh Breeze from the North! Images of Nature in the Helsinki School at Kunsthalle St. Annen in Lübeck features some of these artists as well and takes place until July 26 2020.
Our latest publication The Helsinki School. The Nature of Being, Vol. 6 presents twenty-five different approaches in how to measure and define our memories with a view, following the question of what’s the nature of a landscape from the inside looking out.
Concomitantly to the exhibition the latest monographs by Sanna Kannisto: Observing Eye 2020, Sandra Kantanen: More Landscapes 2019, Eeva Karhu: Polku / Path 2020, Anni Leppälä: Hyle / Curtain / Backdrop 2019 and Santeri Tuori: Time Is No Longer Round 2020, will be presented.