This exhibition was curated and produced by Viewmasters.
The pieces tell about people that mean something special to each other. Together they have shared different things, both big and small. This exhibition introduces eight talented young artists who have chosen the story amongst RAY’s wide range of humanitarian activities they wanted to share. More about RAY in English here.)
The Together exhibition is open in Espoo, at Sello library until August 1st, 2013 and online on this website until the end of this year. The exhibition has been produced together with Viewmasters. Jyrki Parantainen from Aalto University has worked as a mentor for the young artists.
Directing, filming & editing: Rami Hanafi & Mikko Keskinen
Sound & music: Turkka Vuorinen
Design & production: Viewmasters
Artists and work descriptions
An elderly person steps into my studio, takes off his clothes and prepares for the last portrait. Being an elderly person has become a financial matter in the public discussion and often the person behind the figures stays forgotten. In my series I have tried to find a real person behind the statistic figures.
Every person is tied to his or her cultural background and therefore an immigrant will never fully become someone with another nationality. This is not a negative thing – diversity is fascinating and exciting. I aimed to show that while people remain different from each other, they can coexist – sometimes close to each other and sometimes isolated.
It’s not easy to find positive and sunny thoughts when experiencing dark moments. Clowns working in children’s hospitals manage to do this. They work to remind that despite all the pain and sorrow one can at least try to bring light to your loved ones.
In my series I wanted to investigate how to encounter mental illnesses. It was my goal to show how difficult it can be to ask and give help. And also to bring up the challenges that mental issues can cause relationships.
“I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that this car isn’t running.”
“Well, I figured that this way the journey would take longer.”
Paavo from Rovaniemi was diagnosed with lung cancer, proceeding rapidly. Pertti came to help and support and gave Paavo a long ride.
You need to be completely without any boundaries to be able to sincerely react to music. My belief is that dancing at its purest is a forced movement caused by music. It tells more about the dancer himself than about the music or the culture around it.
Hundreds of thousands of people live with an exceptionally rare illness. When it’s difficult even to get a diagnosis or an effective cure it is irreplaceably important to get support from people alike and close to you. This series shows who these people are.
I wanted to work with Icehearts cause I really wanted to see what it would be like to work with them and what kind of images I could take of these kids.
They play hockey once a week, all coming from different kind of homes. No worries, they all are equal and the game is all that matters.