Festival of Political Photography is a multidisciplinary event dedicated to politically conscious photography that encourages photographers, artists, researchers, and the general public to engage actively in social debate and make their voices heard on key issues facing our society. The Greek concept of politikos proceeds from the people – the word means 'for, of, or related to citizens' – and the festival echoes this. It issues a call to pay attention to the various networks of influence at individual-level, national, and global scale. The festival asks: How is our understanding of the world shaped by photographs? How can we use photographs to challenge the way we look at the world and how we see both things and the structures connecting them?
The festival programme features both the visual component, with exhibitions of photographic and multi-art-form projects, and a discussion programme. Long-term commitment and dedicated research, in particular, is emphasised in the individual projects. From 2019 onward, Festival of Political Photography will actively develop its role as a producer of multidisciplinary research in which photography is employed as a tool for visual research.
Festival of Political Photography is committed to promoting goals of sustainable social and cultural development. The festival expresses a particularly strong wish to draw attention to those photographers for whose work active social participation is central and to images that challenge the viewer's moral compass, ways of thinking, and values. All photographers and researchers participating in the festival, whatever their place of residence, take an international approach and together represent numerous cultural backgrounds. Special attention has been paid also to gender equality in development of the festival activities.
Festival of Political Photography is organised by the association Poliittisen valokuvan festivaali ry. The association members are photographic artist Sanni Seppo; Professor Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, of the Academy of Fine Arts; Tiina Rauhala, who is a curator for the Finnish Museum of Photography; producer Ulla Kallakivi and producer and educational curator Laura Porola.
Maryan Abdulkarim, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ismo Alanko, Katju Aro, Arthur Bondar, Stefan Bremer, Roxana Crisólogo, Maria Gallen-Kallela, Joanna Haartti, Katriina Haikala, Laura Halonen, Elina Heikka, Iiris Heikka, Ulla Heikkilä, Hanna Heinonen, Veronika Honkasalo, Sara Hornig, Massoud Hossaini, Heidi Hänninen, Kaisa Ilmonen, Risto Isomäki, Johannes Jauhiainen, Helena Kahiluoto, Marie Kajava, Ville Keynäs, Mai Kivelä, Anu Koivunen, Outi Korhonen, Timo Korpi, Harro Koskinen, Anna Kuokkanen, Susanna Kuparinen, Tuomas Kurttila, Ella Lahdenmäki, Veikka Lahtinen, Menna Lhebib, Tuomas Linna, Jani Leinonen, Minna Lyytikäinen, Teemu Matinpuro, Vilma Metteri, Samid Mohamed, Kristo Muurimaa, Timo ”Timppa” Mäkelä, Hende Nieminen, Itohan Okundaye, Alejandro Olarte, Nelli Palomäki, Sami Parkkinen, Panu Pihkala, Miikka Pirinen, Enne Purovaara, Harri Pälviranta, Johanna Rojola, Perttu Saksa, Leena Saraste, Maija Savolainen, Joonas Snellman, Tuija Siltamäki, Jari Tamminen, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Pekka Turunen, Henri Tuulasjärvi, Adolfo Vera, Magi Viljanen, Markus Vinnari, Annamari Vänskä, Marcus Walsh, Hanna Weselius, Timo Wright, Hanna Yli-Tepsa and Esa Ylijääskö.
Supporters and partners 2014–2021
Supporters and partners of Festival of Political Photography 2014–2021: The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Kone Foundation, Patricia Seppälä Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, City of Helsinki, Svenska kulturfonden, Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki, The Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, Co-operative Tradeka, Ikahu Media Art and ProHelvetia, Saastamoinen Foundation.
anna-kaisa.rastenberger (a) uniarts.fi
+358 41 5141991
kerttu (a) pvf.fi
+358 50 4401527
iiri (a) pvf.fi
+358 400 925414
Sanni SeppoArtistic Director, Photographer
Tiina RauhalaActing Chief Curator / The Finnish Museum of Photography
(on maternity leave)