Basak Senova curates Helsinki Photography Biennial

on Saturday, 08 March 2014. Posted in February

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Helsinki Photography Biennial is a series of events on photo/lens-based contemporary art, organized every two years in spring by Union of Artist Photographers in Finland. The next biennial is held from 27 March to 14 May, 2014.

In 2014, the biennial aims to examine causal relations regarding ecological issues. The biennial will be curated by Basak Senova, a curator and designer based in Istanbul. Basak Senova’s curatorial framework addresses fallacies of ecological knowledge and fosters collaborative connections between ecological data and photography-based archives. Throughout the course of this process, archives will be the essential tool of the biennial. Furthermore, Branko Franceschi and Basak Senova also co-curate a special section which focuses on cultural and ideological critique.

Participating artists from Turkey are Barbaros Kayan and Serkan Taycan.

In addition, HPB14 has invited Mustarinda Association (Finland) to develop the theme of the 2014 biennial. Mustarinda Association has initiated four research-based artistic processes to critically examine the development of images of nature, focusing on archives, architecture, forests and energy. The results will be exhibited as a part of HPB14. Within these processes, theoretical work is tied to bodily experience through workshops carried out in the Mustarinda House, located next to an old-growth forest in central Finland.

HPB14 is produced by Union of Artist Photographers/Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in collaboration with The Finnish Museum of Photography.

HPB14 is generously supported by: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, British Council, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Sweden, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Frame Visual Art Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture, SAHA, Istanbul & The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

Basak Senova, Curator of Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014
Basak Senova, Curator of Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014. Photo: Courtesy HbP
Barbaros Kayan, from the series Occupy Taksim, 2013
Barbaros Kayan, from the series Occupy Taksim, 2013. Photo: Courtesy HbP

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