Past Workshops

Against the silence with photography

The next main exhibition of the Festival of Political Photography will continue to explore the theme of influecing with photography. We will, among other things, concentrate on the situation of the Sahrawi living in refugee camps in Algeria, a situation that is unknown for many Finns. Making problems visible is part of the solution.


Can a photograph be a peaceful weapon for the young people, whose patience is wearing thin because of waiting and hopeless future?

Olof Palme School in the sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria is a vocational school for young women. Sand penetrates every corner of the classroom and blackouts stop the work constantly, putting the students’ patience to the test. But their desire to learn and create is clear. In the workshop organized by PVF, the students learned the basics of photographic expression, and also created a short documentary film about the Olof Palme school.

The cameras for the workshop were donated by Canon.


  • Photo: Sanni Seppo

Womens’ workshop at Kemiönsaari

In April eight women living in Kemiönsaari began the artworkshop led by Marjo Levlin, with the purpose of discovering ways of interpreting the meaning of places and personal stories that are attached to them.

The group met on four weekends to discuss their lives and what had brought them to Kemiönsaari, and how the island could be an even better place to live.

The artworks and films by Marjo Levlin, as well as the stories of how the works had been created, led to a discussion about how the group could communicate through art to the local decision-makers about the natural and cultural values of Kemiönsaari. This brought about the idea of a six card series. An animation was born out of the texts and drawings created during the workshop. The works created during the workshop were exhibited during Norpas festival‘s VaSaMu exhibition 21.-23.08.2015

“The guest book had 150 names. Many more visited our exhibition and asked questions, listened and thanked us. Many were moved. They thought that the exhibition was good. And it was – we ourselves also made an important journey into ourselves – touching, thought-provoking, a lot of fun. A sense of community, seamless collaboration and confidence emerged during the workshop, that is VaSaMu. Stay tuned for more.”

The workshop was produced by PVF, Norpas and Alli Paasikivi foundation.
  • Womens’ workshop at Kemiönsaari


A workshop was held in the Vanaja prison during autumn of 2014 that produced a film called ”Parantola”.

Clients at Parantola, filming and production:
Cynthia, Jaanus, Kullenberg and 3573

Workshop instructors:
Sanni Seppo and Hannele Martikainen