Embassy of the Czech Republic                                                                    in Helsinki

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EG: Czech Republic in 90´s by camera lens of photographer P. Pasanen

In the frame of the project Embassy Gallery the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Helsinki is presenting works of another Finnish artist with relations to the Czech Republic. An exhibition called Bohemian Spaces by photographer Pauliina Pasanen was opened on 11th May 2012. A photo series is showing human life stories during the time of political and social changes 20 years ago in Kladno.

“I was taking pictures of everything that was for me, as a young Finn, strange and exciting: quickly disappearing socialist environment, concentration camp in Terezín, historical places, the world of Central European fairy tales and stories which suddenly seemed to be real.”This is how Pauliina Pasanen is remembering her stay in Bohemia in 1992-93 when she was gathering material for master degree thesis in photographing. She concentrated to life stories of people in Kladno during the time when the country was going though important political and social changes. “I was interested mainly in the fact how history is throwing individuals from one situation into another assuming they will adapt to a new system.” Twenty years later the author selected a set of the most impressive photos expressing the atmosphere of the place and time for the purpose of the exhibition held at the Czech Embassy in Helsinki.  “Twenty years have given me the experience of transiency of my own life. When looking at these pictures I am thinking about how we people are so important according to ourselves and our time”, Pauliina Pasanen said at the vernissage of the exhibition. “In the pictures I can see a kind of reminder of passing time, its irrevocability and of the fact how former glamour burns out, turns black and how new vegetation conquers monuments and scenes of ideology and world views. It is comforting to be a link of continuity of generation.” The exhibition is another part of the project Embassy Gallery presenting works of Czech and Finnish artists and creating space for meeting friends of contemporary fine art.

Pauliina Pasanenteaches photography and visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Lahti. She is an author of several professional publications. She is interested in a staged photograph which according to her suites well into the postmodern art and is applied in the field of documentary photography questioning its traditions.


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EG: Česko 90. let objektivem fotografky P. Pasanen 772 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) May 14, 2012