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I take thousands of steps in Tiananmen Square in Beijing and I take 92 steps on Guryanova Street in Moscow, 2006-2013

70 cm x 59 cm each

Pigment print on aluminum, Edition of 7 + 2 AP

Jari Silomäki | We are the Revolution, after Joseph Beuys

Exhibition view at Persons Projects, Berlin, 2021

The Sacrifice of a Sacred Tree, 2013

42 x 52,5

Pigment print

Ablution, 2014

24 x 30 cm

Pigment print

Tombeau imaginaire 26 / Imaginary Burial Place 26, 2019

Pigment ink print on Museo Silver Rag paperrn120 x 106 cm

Ville Lenkkeri | Looking Back with Closed Eyes, 2021

Exhibition view at Persons Projects, Berlin

The Helsinki School represents far more than a selected group of photographers from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. It has been the model for a new approach to education as well as a vehicle for collaborative thought and cooperation. Even more, it is a shared vision that began as an experiment in the early nineteen-nineties and eventually evolved into one of the more recognizable teaching programs in the world.

Designed in part by myself, Jorma Puranen, and the then acting director of the school Yrjö Sotamaa, the program sought from the beginning to initiate and advance new career opportunities that were virtually nonexistent at the time for graduating MA photography students. Finland had just emerged from the devastating recession of the early nineteen-nineties and thus found itself in a moment of economic and cultural stagnation. The cultural climate for galleries was provincial and lacked international standards by which to measure itself.