How are time and space presented in photographs? What knowledge concerning human beings and their world is created by photographs? What sensory experiences and emotions can photos convey? The works of the fifteen contemporary artists in the exhibition invite us to consider such fundamental issues and representational strategies of photography.
Aletheia in the title of the exhibition is the name of the goddess of truth in Greek mythology. The title is a reminder of how issues of knowledge and credibility are inherent in the interpretation of photographs. The works in the exhibition explore the foundations of human existence as well as our social reality. Their themes are memory, history and identity, but also loss, violence and death are present in many of the works.
The artists in the exhibition are: Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, François Bucher, Pierre Gonnord, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Maria Hedlund, Nanna Hänninen, Alfredo Jaar, Liisa Lounila, Emily-Jane Major, Oscar Muñoz, Chino Otsuka, Marja Pirilä, Jari Silomäki, Michael Wesely and Richard Whitlock.
The exhibition is produced by the Helsinki City Art Museum and the Finnish Union of Artist Photographers. It is curated by Jan-Erik Lundström and Elina Heikka. The exhibition is part of the Helsinki Photography Festival 2009 and of the Year of Photography 2009 – www.katse.org
The Helsinki Photography Festival 2009 is sponsored by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Education, Centre culturel français in Finland, the Finnish-Swedish Culture Fund, Svenska Kulturfonden and the National Council for Photographic Art.