Telling… Pour les 7ème Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako
“Dans la ville et au-delà”
Nov 23 – Dec 23, 2007
Musée de Bamako

Telling… brings to Africa for the first time the work of contemporary Finnish photographers. Outside the commonalities of national identity and artistic medium, they explore and sometimes collapse the distance between public/private, exterior/interior, and global/local, allowing the personality of the individual to manifest through the variety of the stories they wish to tell.

Artists to be presented include Veli Granö‘s documentation of individuals with obsessive hobbies who create their own ‘real imaginary’ world. Marja Helander explores and tells the story of the distance between her urban reality and her ‘traditional’ Sami identity. Riitta Päiväläinen photographed sculptural installations use old clothes that carry ‘silent unknown stories and histories’. Jari Silomäki and his ‘Weather Diaries’ project, which record global events from his local position whilst Nanna Saarhelo places herself in the position of the photographed next to her peers.

Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, in The Complaints Choir – a video installation, which has taken place in 4 cities, Helsinki, Birmingham, Hamburg and St Petersburg, invite people from the cities to complain. The ensuing results range from the banal everyday quirks to global issues, which are delivered through the singing of a choir.

Curated by Bisi Silva
Co-curated by Aura Seikkula

The Project is a collaboration with FRAME Finnish Fund For Art Exchange and the Finnish Museum of Photography