Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual 2017

This Wednesday, September 27th at 8pm we officially open the Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual exhibition.

Marica Kolcheva produced the project City of Light during a residency in Jyväskylä in August 2017.

The exhibition takes place in the cultural advertisement placements on Kauppakatu at the edge of the central Church Park in Jvyäskylä. The exhibition will be in place for 10 days and is visible 24 hours a day until the 8th of October. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Äkki 46 Interlude Exhibition!

Announcing a 2-day exhibition by Jose Gamboa "Mi Ultimo Adios" at Kauppakatu 5, Jyväskylä.

The opening will be held on Monday the 11th of September at 6–7pm.

This exhibition takes place in the same locale as the 100 Finnish Photographers project (Äkki45) which will be ongoing before, after and throughout this interlude exhibition. The 100 Finnish Photographers projections will be visible during the dark hours of the evening, night and morning, and the exhibition by Jose Gamboa will be open during the bright hours of the day from 10am –5pm, on Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th of September.

Opening: September 11th 6–7pm
Open hours : September  12th & 13th 10am-5pm

The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.


Jose Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was sentenced to death by firing squad by the Spanish empire for exposing the injustices of the Spanish in the Philippines during their colonization of the archipelago for nearly four hundred years. He wrote “Mi Ultimo Adios” (My Final Farewell) the night before his execution by firing squad. It was his farewell to his family, friends, his country, his life. The poem had to be smuggled out of prison in a lamp.

Nearly three years ago I said farewell to my loved ones and my country to try to make a life for myself in Barcelona, Spain. During that time I have experienced a little of what it is like to be an OFW (overseas foreign worker, who make up nearly 40% of the Philippines' GDP, and Barcelona has 30,000 registered Filipino immigrants), a tourist (Barcelona is full of them), and at times, as an undocumented immigrant, without any security or address, without any chance of becoming part of the Europe that I had traveled so far, invested and given up so much for.

The exhibition consists of the lines from the poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" printed on posters I've collected from the streets of Barcelona over the course of 24 months. These were created at Ratamo during a 3-week artist residency."


Jose Gamboa is a visual artist, comic & storybook illustrator, writer and teacher from Manila, Philippines. He is currently artist in residency at the Ratamo Centre for Printmaking.

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100 Finnish Photographers – Äkki45


First-class Finnish photographers from the fields of fine art, commercial, fashion, journalism, documentary and nature photography.
Starting on August 25th, 2017, one photographer will be presented every day for one hundred days at: and Kauppakatu 5 in Jyväskylä, Finland.
A Celebration of Finnish photography will be held on the hundredth day, December 2nd, 2017 in Jyväskylä.
The first Finnish photograph was taken in Turku exactly 175 years ago. This year also being the centennial of Finnish independence, added up to be an opportune moment to celebrate the history and future of Finnish photography in the project 100 Finnish Photographers. The curators selected a broad range of photographers and photographs to represent Finnish contemporary photography in this project. Their selection includes fashion, documentary, photojournalist, portrait, fine art, nature and commercial photographers. Diversity is also found in the ages of the chosen photographers which extends from twenty to almost ninety years old. After one hundred days the website will remain as an information bank and business card for contemporary Finnish photography.
The 100 Finnish Photographers project can also be experienced for one hundred days on the streets of Jyväskylä. Stemming from an idea initiated by the nomadic art gallery, Äkkigalleria, the work of one hundred Finnish photographers will be projected onto the storefront window of Kauppakatu 5 in Jyväskylä. The window screening will be synchronized with the website and will introduce one contemporary Finnish photographer everyday until December 2nd. After one hundred days, the work by all one hundred photographers will be visible in a screening, at the same address, until Finnish Independence Day on the 6th of December.
A Celebration of Finnish Photography 
The Celebration of Finnish Photography will be held at the Aalto-Sali in Jyväskylä on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. The event will primarily be held in Finnish.
Speakers will discuss Finnish photography today, looking towards the future. Today the genres of photography have been broken and the rules are being stretched. What kinds of new ideas and challenges can be taken on, in the field of photography? How can we make Finnish photography more international? What might the future of Finnish photography look like?