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Helsinki school.


Loft Project ETAGI, Foundation «FotoDepartament» and Gallery TaiK
with support of General Consulate of Finland in Saint-Petersburg, Institute of Finland in Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki-center in Saint-Petersburg
present the exhibition

New Art Photography from Finland

12 september – 12 october`2009

Loft Project ETAGI
Exhbition hall «Siniy pol», 2nd floor
Ligovskiy  prospect, 74

Opening of exhibition: 12 September, Satturday, at  19.00

Entrance on opening of exhibition is allowed only with the invitation! You could get the invitation by sending the request to the following e-mails:  or


The exhibition is presented within the official program of celebrating of 200 years  Finland in Saint-Petersburg



Helsinki School is the unique phenomenon in the field of contemporary photography – whole photography «school», trend, formulated and developed by one curator, professor of University of Arts and Design in Helsinki – Timothy Persons.

Helsinki School became the name uniting lecturers, students and graduated students of Faculty of picture of University of Arts and Design in Helsinki. Gallery TaiK was established in 1995 in Helsinki Finland. It is the prime gallery for those selected artists who now make up what is known as the “Helsinki School”. It has grown into one of the leading photographic galleries in northern Europe with its permanent exhibition space situated in Berlin Mitte since 2003.

The concept of “The Helsinki School” is not defined by a specific discipline, nationality or geographic region. It represents an approach, a way of thinking that has evolved out of a process of teaching at the University of Art and Design, where each generation is given the chance to invent themselves.

Now the internationally acknowledged artists are gathered together in extensive exhibitions travelling around the world. The exhibitions are curated by Timothy Persons. These exhibitions have established the Helsinki School as a unique approach in how to teach and apply use of the camera as a conceptual tool. The Helsinki School includes both photographs and videos from selected artists who have attended, graduated from or taught at the University of Art and Design.

Helsinki School together with Hatje Cantz (German publishing house) has recently produced the third album, presenting most talented students graduated from Taik.

Helsinki School is the continuing development of young photography – starting from the program of academic photo-studies, by cooperation of photographers and gallery, sole and group exhibitions, issuing the albums with works of new graduates of the University, participating in art-fairs and museum exhibitions. That is the way how young photographers get the comprehensive support and development. Helsinki School is continuously developing and marking the development of Finnish photography by the exhibitions – that is why it is so unique.

Around 100 large-format photos and video-projections by 12 leading emerging Finnish photographers will be presented in the exhibition in Saint-Petersburg.

Participants of exhibition:  Joonas Ahlava, Wilma Hurskainen, Kalle Kataila, Hannu Karjalainen, Milja Laurila, Anni Leppälä, Susanna Majuri, Nelli Palomäki, Jari Silomäki, Mikko Sinervo, Ea Vasko, Niina Vatanen.
Website of  Helsinki School –
Meeting and workshop with Timothy Persons, curator of Helsinki School exhibition in Saint-Petersburg!

On 13th of September (Sunday) at 18.00 in Loft Project ETAGI (LoftWineBar, 5th floor) meeting and workshop with Timothy Persons, Helsinki School curator, will be held. Timothy Persons is the Gallery TaiK`s curator, the Director of Professional Studies Program and a Senior lecturer at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland.
Preliminary registration on meeting is available by sending the request to:

Loft Project ETAGI
Ligovskiy prospect, 74
tel. +7 (812) 458 5005

General Consulate of Finland in Saint-Petersburg
Preobrazhenskaya Sq., 4
tel. +7 (812) 331 76 00

Foundation «FotoDepartament»
tel. +7 (812) 571-1009
Saint-Petersburg, Nevsky prospect, 40-42

Institute of Finland in Saint-Petersburg
Ligovskiy avenue, 64, 4th floor
tel: +7 (812) 325 3205

Helsinki Centre
B Konushennaya str 29, 5th floor
St Petersburg
tel + 7 812 315 8991

Opening of the exhibition HELSINKI SCHOOL