Photographer Sami Parkkinen’s (b. 1974) photographs and sculptures investigate the
human consciousness and notions of spirituality as well as society’s need to re-invent
and re-build it self. Parkkinen’s work has featured in international joint and solo
exhibitions since 2009, most recently in Circulation(s) – Festival de la jeune
photographie européenne in Paris (2016) and at the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize
exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery (2015). In 2020 The National
Museum of Finland will exhibit large scale touring exhibition from Sami Parkkinen`s
series Father and Son.
Father and Son series focuses on how the world can be seen: children see things that are invisible to adults. e photographs presented in the series deliver a more general reflection on the world around us. They are a peaceful manifesto against greed, cynicism, war and materialism.
I became a father four years ago. One of the main starting point of the Father and Son project was my worry about the future. What kind of world we are building for our children? What will be our legacy for them?
All life come and begin from the nature. Why we are still systemically harming the nature? I’m interested in human’s spirituality and the underlying meaning of life.