Paradoxes of photography in the Museum of Photographic Art

The Finnish Museum of Photography recently showcased its latest exhibition, “Paradoxes of Photography,” featuring works by Finnish photographers. The exhibition explored the dichotomies and complexities of photography, offering visitors a thought-provoking and immersive experience. From the concept of the photographic image to the relationship between the photographer and the subject, this exhibition offered a unique perspective on the art of photography.

In today’s video, I am excited to share my experience with the Paradoxes of Photography exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The installation called Amnesia, created by Niina Uusitalo and Jenni Niemelä-Nyrhinen, was one of the highlights of the exhibition, and I feel proud to have played a small part in it. As a tribute to Finnish nature, one of my Instagram photos was anonymously included in the installation, and you can see it in the attached video. Join me on this visual journey to the Museum of Photographic Art in Helsinki and witness how photography can be used to create thought-provoking installations.

Video duration 3:20

Paradoxes of photography exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography

The older museum space of the Finnish Museum of Photographic Art is located in Helsinki at Cable Factory and Ruoholahti is the closest metro station to Cable Factory. You can get to Ruoholahti from the center of Helsinki by metro in 3-4 minutes.

Next to the entrance of the Museum of Photographic Art, in front of Cable Factory, has just been built the House of Dance, and if you want to know what it looks like, you can see that in the video as well.

As a side note I’d like to mention that for me personally, the construction of the House of Dance just in front of the entrance to the Cable Factory was a disappointment. Of course the House of Dance itself was important to have in Helsinki, but at what cost? The open entrance to the Cable Factory is blocked and the atmosphere is really cramped seen from far.

For more than 20 years I have been visiting Cable Factory in Helsinki regularly and over the years I have participated in many art exhibitions there and now I lost the taste of the whole thing. How do artists and event organizers now attract viewers to their exhibitions, when you can’t see even the entrance from the street anymore? Could the wall of the House of Dance be harnessed for exhibition advertisements, so that people would know how to navigate to somewhere in the courtyard from the door next to the House of Dance, and from there on until the exhibition.

Somebody should shake awake Helsinki’s city architects, because Cable Factory and Ruoholahti are not the only places in Helsinki that are currently being ruined by additional construction. In Helsinki, I appreciate the presence of nature and the spaciousness of construction, which is missing in many other big cities in the world. There are still real forests and wild trees in Helsinki.

In Europe, many cities have to settle for planted parks, where trees are decorated with unnatural geometric cuts and only planted flowers grow. But in Helsinki city there are still real forests, and that’s how it should be –

In the heat of the summer day, the coolest places in Helsinki are the forest, the sea, cold cellars and grocery stores.

From Helsinki comes also this forest photo attached.

Last days at hand

The Paradoxes of Photography exhibition, running from May 13 to August 28, 2022, at the Helsinki Cable Factory in the Museum of Photographic Art, gave a perfect answer to the question of why photo exhibitions are still needed after Instagram and the internet. Although this blog post might be late in informing you about the exhibition, my Instagram followers got to know about it as soon as June 2022, thanks to my Instastories.

While my own photo exhibition on Instagram and YouTube is open 24/7/365, you can still find the forest work above on Instagram from spring 2021. If you’re interested in having any of my photo works framed on your wall, please feel free to contact me by email: indivue(a)

Also, don’t forget to check out my works like INDIVUE – Trip to Finland and do subscribe and read my English blog!

You can read this post also in Finnish.

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