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BACKLIGHT 02 the 6th
International Photography Triennial in Tampere, Finland
Theme: "Critical Authenticity"
BACKLIGHT02 focuses on the new
forms, possibilities and ethical challenges of documentary
photographic art in the intercultural setting. Backlight02 has an
extended understanding of documentary. By this understanding
documentary is not opposed to creative fictive works but views them as
actualisation of the artist’s reaction or relation to world events.
The idea of documentary that we wish
to uphold is permissive to many truths. Definitions of ‘documentary’
need to be constantly and
vigorously rethought as truth and falsity, fiction and real can no
longer be the sole operative concepts. ‘Critical authenticity’ refers
to the ability to respond and to exercise critical responsibility in
authentic situations of social and ethical urgency.
BACKLIGHT 02 will happen in
Photographic Centre NYKYAIKA and in Museum Centre VAPRIIKKI in Tampere.
VAPRIIKKI (Factory) is a national monument, a beautifully renovated
brick building from the heavy industrial period. BACKLIGHT02
exhibitions will be seen there on three different floors in a
fascinating space close to the falls of Tampere, all together more
than 2000 QM of spacious and transparent architecture. NYKYAIKA is
located at Kehräsaari in the heart of Tampere City beside of the river
and very close to the beautiful harbour.
Between the 28th of September
and the 1st of December 2002 BACKLIGHT presents the photography- and
media-based artworks of 43 artists from 11 countries in Europe and
A series of Videos, Projections,
Multimedia based artworks, Internet projects, photo sculpture and
classic camera based photography will introduce exciting positions of
contemporary art to our audience.
28.9. 1.12.02 "Critical
Located in Museum Centre
VAPRIIKKI and in Photographic Centre NYKYAIKA
Albert, Alessandro - Italy; Antille, Emmanuelle - Switzerland;
Baselgia, Guido - Switzerland;
Brunner-Szabo, Eva - Austria; Calo, Marco - Italy; Chen, Teresa -
Switzerland; Domanska, Anna - Poland;
Farrell, David -
Ireland; Faure, Nicolas - Switzerland ; Frisch,Thierry -
Luxembourg ; Honory, Alexander - Germany; Hornung, Robert - Luxembourg;
Kolber, Veronique - Luxembourg; Kollar, Martin - Slovakia ;
Korzeniecka, Katarzyna - Poland ; Kutschker, Thomas - Germany ;
Laitinen, Antti - Finland;
Lopez, Marcos - Argentina ; Pink Twins:Vesa & Juha Vehviläinen.-
Finland; Sanviti, Oswaldo - Italy ; Sauerwein, Pitt - Germany; Sobek,
Evzen - Czech Republic ; Verzone, Paolo - Italy ; Weisgerber, Vera -
Luxembourg ; Zamagni, Cristina - Italy. More links please find in a
few days here.
Artists will be in
Tampere for Vernissage!
20.10. 1.12.2002 +17
Located in Museum Centre Vapriikki
Caraco, Francoise; Erdt, Ruth ; Fernandez, Nicolas; Giannini,
Fabrizio; Nguyen, Cat Tuong; Popp, Thomas ; Püntener, Vanessa; Studer,
Monica; Van den Berg, Christoph; Wüsten, Franziska
Ekholm, Juha Allan; Hohteri, Maarit; Hyvärinen, Aimo ; Järvelä, Riitta;
Kokko, Jaana; Louekari, Martta; Male, Jukka
+17 is an exhibition of young emerging artists from Switzerland
together with a collection of Finnish photographic artists.
The BACKLIGHT02 Photography
The new feature for BACKLIGHT02 is the International Backlight
Photography Award, which will be given to the artist(s) with the most
inspiring visions. The award consists of a solo exhibition, of an
invitation for a two-week working residence in Tampere, and of 2002
Euro. The award is sponsored by Vitrea Oy.
28th September at Museum
The keynote speaker will be
Jan-Erik Lundström: Director of the Bildmuseet at Umeå, Sweden.
Other speakers are
Alessandra Capodacqua: Curator Fondazione
Studio Marangoni in
Paul di Felice: Director
Crème in Luxembourg
Peter Pfrunder: Curator Swiss Foundation
of Photography (via Pro
Merja Salo: Prof., Dep. of Photography at
University of Art and Design Helsinki
Several of the featured artists
will also give short presentations about their work at the symposium
Seminar at the University
On the 29th September there will be a seminar at the University
Tampere, with invited guest speaker Margarita Ledo Andión from Spain,
and presentations by Backlight artists. The seminar will also mark
the start of several Backlight workshops.
The Finnish-language Backlight Symposium will be held on the 19th
October at the Vapriikki auditorium, focusing on the ethics of
photography. There will be a lecture and presentations by Ilona
Reiners, Hannu Vanhanen and Juha Suonpää, a screening of Aimo
Hyvärinen’s documentary film View on truth (Kuvitelma totuudesta),
about photographer Jukka Male and a panel discussion with photographer
Male, Juha Allan Ekholm, Reiners and Hyvärinen. The Backlight seminar
will be a national forum for discussing aspects of image ethics in
documentary, journalistic, and nature photography by experts in those
Backlight02 is organised by Photographic Centre Nykyaika and
co-organised by the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy and
Café Crème in Luxembourg. The partners involved are the Arts Council
of Pirkanmaa, the City of Tampere, Museum Centre Vapriikki, University
of Tampere; Tampere
Polytechnic, Department of Art and Media, German Culture Centre,
Institute Helsinki; the Pro Helvetia Cultural Foundation in Zürich
and Gallery Francoise Knabe Saarbrücken. Backlight 02 is supported by
the European Union Culture 2000 Framework Programme.
Artists in residence, workshops:
Several international artists will be residing, working and lecturing
in Tampere. Marcos López and Martin Kollar will be teaching workshops
for students at the University of Tampere and at the School of Art and
Media. There will be guided tours for school classes of the main
exhibition, and a children’s art program organised by Rajataide ry.
17.00 20.00 Main Exhibition Vernissage in Museum Centre
16.00 22.00 Vernissage in Photographic Centre NYKYAIKA
BACKLIGHT02 exhibition in VAPRIIKKI and in NYKYAIKA
9.00 18.00 "Critical Authenticity", the International
Backlight Symposium in Vapriikki
29.09.02 13.00 Seminar at University of Tampere
and start of the Workshops
10.00 16.00 2nd Symposium (in Finnish): "Valokuva ja etiikka"
(Photography and ethics)
16.00 18.00 Vernissage +17 exhibition in Museum Centre
plus17 exhibition in VAPRIIKKI
Guided tours on Sundays at noon;
tours during the week also for school classes bookable!
September 02 BACKLIGHT - Retro99:
A flashback to Backlight99 and the artworks, those international
artists has realised in their
RESIDENCE in Tampere.
Catrica, Paulo Portugal; CHIPEX Switzerland:Cortinovis Claude;
Humeros, Alan; Iuncker, Steve; Petramand, Gerard; Parfenok, Vladimir /Belarus;
Prior, Pauline/Holland; Suzuki, Michi /Italy-Japan; Taylor, Christoph
France/UK; Van de Heuvel, Thea/Holland; Wörndl, Elisabeth/Austria
For that show BACKLIGHT02 has produced a small leaflet.
Museum of Modern Art
28.9. - 31.12.02. Pirilä, Marja
A large 1996-02 exhibition "Camera Obscura" by well known Tampere
Photo Artist in VAPRIIKKI, concurrently with the main Backlight
BACKLIGHT 02 develops the
European cooperation already established in the previous triennials.
Its purpose is to promote the exchange of works, artists and ideas
dealing with current photographic issues and to provide them with a
professional forum and a wide audience.
Images for press use are available
on CD and for download from our Website! Please contact for access
Antti Haapio Harri Laakso
Photographic Centre Nykyaika Photographic Centre Nykyaika
Arts Council of Pirkanmaa