Nordic and international photographers exhibitions on the streets of Helsinki

The Helsinki Photo Festival, from July 7 to September 30, 2020, brings the artistic medium of photography back onto the streets.

The curated exhibitions will take place at historic landmarks, warehouses, art centres, galleries, parks and waterfront areas in Helsinki. Most outdoor exhibitions can be enjoyed at any time of the day, free of charge.

The Nordic Village is an exhibition format supporting emerging and groundbreaking Nordic photographers. Since 2018 this project has selected, nominated and showcased artists from all five Nordic countries and arranged artist talks, Nordic exhibitions and seminars with the support of the Nordic embassies. The artists are selected through a jury of curators, who are responsible for the festival’s open call contest. In 2020, the Nordic Village exhibition, with the theme of Trust, is set up outdoors on the grounds of the National Museum of Finland.

A solo exhibition by artist and photographer Florence Montmare entitled Scenes from an Island will be shown outside the National Museum and on digital billboards at bus and tram stops and in metro stations. The exhibition is the culmination of five years of experimentation exploring metaphors of transience and elemental conditions of nature by staging different scenarios; images of landscapes and figures transition through them. “I see it as ritual and a meditation to connect to nature as the true source of our existence,” Montmare says.

An indoor exhibition called Galleria Futura will be set up in the Tram Museum at Korjaamo Culture Factory, from July 16  to August 16. The gallery will showcase both emerging talents and established photographers who won an open competition to be exhibited in Helsinki and whose images were selected out of 2,784 submitted photographs.