Seminar: Power Shots – Can Photography Make a Change?

Power Shots – Can Photography Make a Change?

Seminar at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Saturday 20th February 11 am–5 pm

Miia Autio, Laura Böök, Nicoló Degiorgis, Maria Gruzdeva, Mattia Insolera, Kerttu Matinpuro, Tuomo Manninen, Sanni Seppo, Danila Tkachenko, Katja Tähjä, Oksana Yushko

Read more about the 2016 festival photographers here.

Address: Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G, Helsinki
The seminar will be held in English


Opening seminar of The Festival of Political Photography 2016: Homeland

The theme of #PVF2016 is “Homeland”. On February 20, the first Saturday of the festival, the photographers present their works at the exhibition and talk about their relation to the theme at the Finnish Museum of Photography.

The discussion goes on from 11 am to 5 pm. Join in for parts of the programme or stay for the whole day!

– Free entry to the talks at Process space
– In English
– Entry to the exhibition Poliittisen valokuvan festivaali 2016: Kotimaa – Homeland 8 / 5 / 0 euros. Free with Museokortti!


11 am – 1 pm
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger: Introduction to the exhibition theme. What is “Homeland”?

Oksana Yushko: Graduates
In September 2004, 334 people were killed in Beslan, Russia, in a tragic terrorist attack and dispute between Chechen terrorists and Russian Special Forces. In the series Graduates, Oksana Yushko has followed the lives of the children who survived the tragedy. In 10 years, they have grown into young men and women graduating from school, ready to start lives of their own.

Mattia Insolera: 6th Continent
The series shows what is happening right now in the Mediterranean region, but it also serves as a reminder of the time when the Mediterranean was not a moat surrounding Europe but a path of flowing knowledge and skills.

Nicoló Degiorgis: Hidden Islam
Islam does not have official status in Italy, even though there are 1.1–1.4 million practicing Muslims in the country. Officially, there are fewer than 10 mosques. Italian photographer Nicoló Degiorgis has photographed spaces that Italian Muslims use temporarily for worship.

Lunchbreak 1 pm – 2 pm

2 pm – 3:15 pm
Danila Tkachenko: Escape
The series portrays people who live alone in the forests of Russia and Ukraine. These men have consciously chosen a life outside society and, ultimately, lost their social identity.

Maria Gruzdeva: Russian Borders
The series is a journey through Russia, carried out in 2011–2015. Gruzdeva wanted to know what it feels like to live on the borders of such a vast country, far away from the ideological centre while still belonging to the country called Russia.

Sanni Seppo & Kerttu Matinpuro: Against the silence with photography
The Sahara desert in the south-western part of Algeria is known as the Devil’s Garden. For the Sahrawi people from Western Sahara, this region was the only possible place of refuge when Moroccan forces invaded their homeland in 1975. Kerttu Matinpuro and Sanni Seppo documented the lives of Sahrawi people living in refugee camps.

Break 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 5 pm
Laura Böök: Walking on Rivers
For the series, Laura Böök has photographed the lives of Congolese families who have moved to Pudasjärvi, a small northern Finnish town, after spending nearly 15 years in refugee camps.

Miia Autio: I called out for mountains, I heard them drumming
The series tells about Rwandan refugees who have escaped to Europe and the memories of the homeland they have left behind.