helsinki portfolio reviews

The Finnish Museum of Photography

Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G
00180 Helsinki

The first Transeurope Portfolio Review of 2018 takes place in Helsinki, Finland. The 3-day event is hosted by the Finnish Museum of Photography, which is one of the oldest museums of photography in Europe.


Largest portfolio event held at the museum

During the following days, Finland’s national special museum for photography, located inside an old Nokia cable factory, brings around a hundred artists and professionals together to explore new tendencies in photography.

“For us it is a unique opportunity to have this large group of international experts sharing their knowledge and viewpoints. I’m also excited to meet the photographers and see their works,” says Elina Heikka, Director of the museum.

The Finnish Museum of Photography has a strong tradition in arranging portfolio reviews, but the ongoing event is the largest and the most international held so far in Helsinki. Participants are coming from over fifteen countries.


Focus on discussion

At the core of the event lie the one-on-one meetings, where the selected artists can show their work, discuss their plans and future goals and get personal feedback from the professionals. The program of the Transeurope Portfolio Review in Helsinki emphasizes discussion. Each of the meetings lasts 20 minutes, and the event space is designed for establishing dialogue with a community of photographers.

“This event enables, not only professional development, but also the meeting new people. We wanted to have a set place for free discussion,” tells Ulla Kallakivi, the producer of the Transeurope forum in Finland.

During their visit, the participants have an opportunity to experience the city life in Helsinki. The evening program includes cultural visits and guided exhibitions. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings the discussion will go on over dinner and drinks.

“Portfolio meetings and the additional program are a perfect way to get to know many photographers, curators and publishers in a very short period of time. It’s very different from doing research online or going through the websites of photographers,” says Verena Kaspar-Eisert, curator at KUNST HAUS WIEN, a first-time reviewer in Helsinki.


“A fresh breath from Europe”

For the professionals, reviewing portfolios is one way of keeping up with new tendencies in photographic art.

“It is interesting to see that a few years ago almost everything was in colour, and now black and white is coming back again,” says Ingrid Nilsson, director of Preus Museum, the National Museum of Photography in Norway.

“I think having Transeurope in Helsinki is a really good idea also due to our remote location. It is a way of creating international discussion within our field. This feels like a fresh breath from Europe,” describes Filippo Zambon, an italian-born artist living in Helsinki. For Zambon, the meetings have been promising.

“I presented two of my newest projects to the reviewers, and is looks like the discussion will go further after the event.”

More pictures from Transeurope Helsinki Portfolio Review can be seen on the museum’s Instagram account @thefinnishmuseumofphotography.

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The Transeurope Helsinki Portfolio Review is taking place at the Finnish Museum of Photography on May 16 – May 18, 2018. The participating experts in the event are Alejandro Castellote, Alexa Becker, Alexandra Athanasiadou, Alexandra Maximova, Amelie Schüle, Anna Fox, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Anni Venäläinen, Arnis Balcus, Aura Seikkula, Berndt Arell, Charlotte Langhorst, Elina Heikka, Elina Suoyrjö, Hannamari Shakya, Ingrid Nilsson, Jens Friis, Nathalie Anglès, Patricia Azevedo, Rui Prata, Sade Kahra, Thomas Seelig and Verena Kaspar.