Multidisciplinary Events


Homeless Sleep

Lullaby sound installation at the Finnish Museum of Photography 15.3-24.3.2016

Sound installation Koditon uni (Homeless Sleep) consisted of lullabies from different parts of the world. The lullabies formed a mass of sounds where listeners could recognize features of different musical cultures but also the universal need to provide safety and care for a child who falls asleep. Most of the songs were recorded in Finland and sung by musicians or music enthusiasts who had moved to Finland from different countries.

The format of the installation consisted of a “Sonic thread”, a chain of  small loudspeakers, that permitted distinguishing the individual songs and voices from the mass of sounds by approaching  each of the small loudspeakers one by one. Alternatively it was possible to listen to the chaotic mass of repeating melodies, where both rest and unrest were present.

Team: Alejandro Olarte, Outi Korhonen and 18 singers in different languages

Annette Kiener: GERMAN (Germany)
Emma Raunio: SWEDISH, ENGLISH (Finland)
Erick Dæhlin: NORWEGIAN (Norway)
Grisell Macdonel: NAHUATL (Mexico)
Liza Umarova: CHECHEN (Chechnya / Russia)
Manuel Lopez: SPANISH (Spain)
Mari Kalkun: VÕRU (South Estonia)
Marouf Majidi: PERSIAN (Iran)
Menard Mponda: SWAHILI (Tanzania)
Mirjami Ylinen: FINNISH (Finland)
Natalia Castrillón: SPANISH (Colombia)
Olesya Skorbilina: RUSSIAN (Russia)
Riham Isaac: ARABIC (Palestina)
Ruben Gonzalez: SPANISH (Argentina)
Satu Ekman: FINNISH (Finland)
Taika Ilola: FINNISH AND CARELIAN (Finland)
Tristana Ferreyra: SPANISH (Argentina)
Valisa Krairiksh: THAI (Thailand)



One year after the parliamentary elections: what is going on, Finland?

Tuesday April 19th 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the Finnish parliamentary elections. Festival of Political Photography invited photographers and artists to produce photographs that told their views on the current state of Finland. The exhibition spread out on the streets of Helsinki.

Project’s photographers/artists: Stefan Bremer, Iiris Heikka, Sara Hornig, Tuomas Linna, Sami Parkkinen, Miikka Pirinen, Perttu Saksa, Sanni Seppo, Adolfo Vera, Häiriköt-päämaja: (Jani Leinonen and Jari Tamminen) & Harro Koskinen, Tärähtäneet Ämmät: (Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri)



Womens’ workshop at Kemiönsaari

In April eight women living in Kemiönsaari began the artworkshop led by Marjo Levlin, with the purpose of discovering ways of interpreting the meaning of places and personal stories that are attached to them.

Against the silence with photography workshop

Olof Palme School in the sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria is a vocational school for young women. Sand penetrates every corner of the classroom and blackouts stop the work constantly, putting the students’ patience to the test. But their desire to learn and create is clear. In the workshop organized by The Festival of Political Photography, the students learned the basics of photographic expression, and also created a short documentary film about the Olof Palme school.


Parantola Workshop

A workshop was held in the Vanaja prison during autumn of 2014 that produced a film called ”Parantola”.

Work group:Clients at Parantola
Filming and production: Cynthia, Jaanus, Kullenberg and 3573
Workshop instructors: Sanni Seppo and Hannele Martikainen

Other Projects

Ongoing Projects


At the beginning of 2015, Festival of Political Photography launched the Ekofoto project, which explores opportunities to produce and display photographs in a more eco-friendly manner. That year, a study was carried out on the environmental impact and carbon footprint of alternative mounting materials and types of printing paper. In addition, a Facebook-based discussion channel was established to stimulate dialogue surrounding the topic and develop the work further. The Ekofoto project's research efforts will continue. Simultaneously, the festival strives to offer a concrete example more generally of an environment-friendly way to realise photographic exhibitions. It takes into account the carbon footprint of transporting the artwork, utilises advances in ecologically sound printing materials, and exhibits the photographic works unmounted.

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︎ Download Paula Humberg's Ekofoto report (in Finnish)


Mobile Albums

In the spring of 2016, the Finnish Museum of Photography, in cooperation with the study programme of museology at the University of Helsinki and the Festival of Political Photography, implemented a project that collected photographs by asylum seekers who had recently arrived in Finland, as well as memories and stories related to these photographs.

A total of 41 photographs were added to the museum’s collection. The donors were asked to choose 5–10 photographs stored on their mobile phones that meant the most to them. Often, the images formed a story about their home country, their difficult journey through Europe, and their hopes and dreams for Finland. The photographs describe the history of the people awaiting the decisions on their asylum applications at the reception centres, while capturing their new daily life in Finland. The interviews that were conducted when the images were donated to the museum added up to 10 hours of material.

Ahmed Alalousi, from Iraq, who worked on the project, edited the footage into a video in which the donors describe the images that are precious to them. Alalousi himself arrived in Finland in autumn 2015 as an asylum seeker, and he worked on the project as an interpreter, photographer and expert.

Mobile albums were exhibited at the Finnish Museum of Photography‘s Process space as part of the The Festival of Political Photography 3.2.–9.4.2017