Jorma Puranen

Ars Fennica candidate 2010

Jorma Puranen has for decades sustained an eloquent inquiry into the spatial politics and cultures of the Scandinavian North. Throughout a number of diverse but precisely realized projects, Puranen pursues readings of mythical, colonial, historical and modern space. Indeed Puranen’s seductive yet challenging imagery articulates the contested spaces of modernity and tradition, the possibilities of sustainable cultures, the landscape as storyteller of the past and agent of memory and loss. Crucially, Puranen consistently implicates himself in the act of image-making, underlining that there is no innocence in representation.

Jan-Erik Lundström

Born 1951

EDUCATION
1973-1978
University of Art & Design, Helsinki

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, selection
2010
Gallery ORTON, Helsinki
2009
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø, Norway
2008
Galleri Flach+Thulin, Stockholm
Icy Prospects, Photology Gallery, Milan, Italy
2007
Scala Mata Gallery, Venice, Italy
Arctische Archiv, Villa Oppenheim, Berlin
Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
2006
Étandues glaciales, Institut Finlandais, Paris
Icy Prospects, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
2004
Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Gallery Flach, Stockholm
2002
Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki
Gallery Christian Dam, Oslo
Blue Sky Gallery; Oregon Center for Photographic Art, Portland, USA
2001
Museet for fotokunst; Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
2000
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
Siida-Sámi Museum, Inari, Finland
1999
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
1998
Impressions Gallery, York, UK
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK
1996
Galerie Minima Peliti, Rome
Galleria G, Helsinki
1995
Galerie le Lieu, Lorient, France
Galerie Braggiotti, Amsterdam
Fotogalleriet, Oslo
Galerie Photo du Theatre de l´Agora, Evry, France
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea, UK
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, UK
Picture House Gallery, Leicester, UK
1994
Fotogallery, Cardiff, UK
Konstens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
Institut Finlandais, Paris
1993
Galerie Suzel Berna, Paris
Centre de Dévelopement Culturel, Tarbes, France
Galleri Index, Stockholm
1992
Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki
1991
Galerie Krivy, Nice, France

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, Selection
2010
A World within the World, Anteprima, Mostra d´Arte Contemporanea,
Milan, Italy
Carnegie Art Award, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik
The Royal Art Academy, Stockholm
2009
Carnegie Art Award, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Revisiting Landscape & Still Life, Bafa Foto, Geneva, Switzerland
Taide kantaa, Järvenpää Art Museum, Finland
Homework, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
Being a Part, Sámi Art Center, Karasjok, Norway
2008
La photographie finlandaise, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Continuum, Retretti, Finland
Fabricating Images from History, Chinablue Gallery, Beijing, China
Trip to the Country, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
2007
Getroffen, Otto Dix und die Kunst des Porträts, Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
Boundary Crossings, The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland
Portraiture, Harewood House, Leeds, UK
Into the Landscape, Preus Museum, Hjorten, Norway
Our Land! Photographs from Finland, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
Silver & Oil, Hoopers Gallery, London
The Helsinki School of Photography, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Stenersen Museum, Oslo
2006
Breaking the Ice, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Zone Attive s.r.l. Fotografia, Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome
Finlandia e l´identita del Nord, Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum, Rome
Un tableau peut en cacher un autre, MNHA Musée National d´histoire et d´art, Luxembourg
Ghosts in the Machine, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA
Helsinki School, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
Dialogue – The Helsinki School, Langhans Galerie, Prague
The Helsinki School – Finnish Photography from 21st century, Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, Brussels
To Look or to See – in search of meanings in photography, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2005
Helsinki School – A New Approach, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Photology Gallery, Milan, Italy
Boundary Crossings, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Variations on the Picturesque, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Vaikea yhtälö, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
Personligt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2004
Momentum – Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway
On Loan, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
30 by Taik, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
River Deep Mountain High, National Touring Exhibitions, Norway
Carnegie Art Award, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Kopavogur Art Museum, Iceland
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Victoria Miro Warehouse, London
Kunsthalle Helsinki
New Realities, Fotomuseum, Reykjavik
2003
New Realities, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dominated by Water, Vantaa City Art Museum, Finland
Verarbeitete Fotografie, Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
Fünf Positionen finnischer Fotografie, Kunstvererin Schwerte, Germany
Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus Finnland, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany;
Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, Germany; Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany; Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen,
Cottbus, Germany; Centrum Kultury ZAMEK, Poznan, Poland; Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland
Carnegie Art Award, The Royal Art Academy, Stockholm
Designing the Quietness, Ozone Living Design Center, Tokyo
Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Finland
2002
Nouvelle photographie finlandaise, Café-Crème; Photographie Contamporaine, Luxembourg
Mare Balticum, Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen
The Politics of Place, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
Kuvitelmia/ Fantasies, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Correlations, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna
Fotoforum West, Innsbrück, Austria
Faces and Figures, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA
Pohjoiseen ja etelään, Purnu Art Center, Orivesi, Finland
2001
Strange Reality, Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
Landshapes – Records of Action, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, USA
Faces and Figures, Scandinavian House, New York, USA
Nordic Art 2001, Röda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden
Fotographia Metafisica, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Lost Homelands, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
Finsk Foto, Galleri Christian Dam, Oslo
The Fatherland and the Mother Tongue, Oulu Art Museum, Finland
2000
Breathless! Photography and Time, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Une Histoire Finlandaise, La Galerie Photo, Montpellier, France
Three Beginning Roads in Finnish Contemporary Photography, Galleria Kari Kenetti, Helsinki
1999
Landshapes, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, USA
The von Leibig Art Center, Naples, Florida, USA
Lost Homelands, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Canada
McKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
Évocation, Marche Bonsecours, Mois de la Photo á Montreal, Canada
Auf der Suche nach der Verlorenen Zeit, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
Nordiskt Foto, Skövde Konsthall, Sweden
Mikä on todellista, 3rd Triennial of Photography, Kunsthalle Helsinki
1998
Cartografs i aventurers, Cultural Centre of the Fundació la Caixa,
Barcelona, Spain
Continental Drift, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Le Violon d´Ingres/ Play it again, Royal Concert Hall, Amsterdam
Finnish Art Triennial, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Under/ Exposed, Stockholm Underground
Shadows, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
1997
Le musée photographique, 19émes Estivales Photographiques du Trégor, Imagerie, Lannion, France
Du bois des arbres des artistes, Musée des Beaux Arts, Chambéry, France
Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Dislocations, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Forest, Kuopio Art Museum, Finland
1996
Myth and Landscape, European Cultural Centre, Delphi, Greece
Heimat, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Germany
Document, Tampere, Finland
1995
Art, Resistance and the English Garden, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
Galerija Gabrijel, Sarajevo
Vents du Nord, Cellier de Talant, France
Disrupted Borders, London Regional Art and Historical Museum
Ontario, Canada
1994
Europe Rediscovered, Turbine Hall M/S Kronborg, Copenhagen
Jorden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Fotodiffusione, Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino, Italy
Biennale Balticum, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
Tulkinta – Interpretation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Disrupted Borders, Photographers’ Gallery, London
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Preus Museum, Norway
Bibliothéque nationale, Paris
Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Helsinki City Art Museum
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland
Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation, Finland
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
Oulu Art Museum, Finland
Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
State of Finland
Swedish Arts Council
Etnografisk Museum, Oslo
City of Vantaa, Finland
City of Espoo, Finland
Wihuri Foundation, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Saastamoinen Foundation, Finland
Collection Olorvisual, Barcelona, Spain
Fundacio Sourige, Spain
Artothéque, Grenoble, France
Deutsche Bank Collection, London
DZ Bank Collection, Germany
Peter W. Klein Collection
Centre de Dévelopement Culturel, Tarbes, France
Viktor Barsokevitsch Photographic Center, Kuopio, Finland
Municipality of Luleå, Sweden
Rauma Art Museum, Finland
Galerie le Lieu, Lorient, France
Galerie de Theatre de L´Agora, Evry, France
Collection de Dorint Hôtel, Brussels
Bibliothèque H. Vincenot, Talant, France
Imagerie, Lannion, France
Samiske Samlinger, Karasjok, Norway

TEACHING
1978-
University of Art & Design, Helsinki
1998-1996
University of Art & Design, Helsinki, Professor

PRIZES
2005
Pro Finlandia Medal
1992
Fotofinlandia Prize
1988
The State Prize for Photographic Art

PUBLICATIONS
2009
Icy Prospects, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart
1999
Imaginary Homecoming, Pohjoinen Publications, Oulu, Finland
1989
Alpha & Omega, Opus, Helsinki
1986
Maarf Leu´dd – Photographs of the Skolt Lapps, Opus, Helsinki

BIBLIOGRAPHY, Selection
2009
Rosanna Checchi, Zoom Photographic Art, Nov-Dec, Milan, Italy
2008
Denis Brudna, Where compasses all go mad, Photonews, Zeitung für Photographie, Nr 2, Hamburg, Germany
Selva Barni, Rodeo Magazine Nr. 43, Milan, Italy
2007
Mark Peschke, Icy Prospects, Fotoforum, Fotografie & Präsentation, 3/2007, Münster, Germany
2006
David Spalding, Ghosts in the Machine, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Volume 33, No. 1,
Spring/Summer, San Fransisco
2005
Nikos Papastergiadis, Flags in the Landscape, in Spatial Aesthetics-Art, Place and the Everyday, Rivers Oram
Press, Lontoo, Sydney, Chicago
Taneli Eskola, Boundary Crossings – Temporal Dialogues in Finnish Landscape Photography, Musta Taide,
Helsinki
2003
Liz Wells, Icy Prospects, in Cultures & Settlements, eds. Miles, M & Kirkham, N, Intellect, Bristol
Ferdinand Protzman, Landscape, Photographs of Time and Space, National Geographic Books, Washington
2001
Henning Wettendorf, catalogue, Journal of Photography & Video, Vol 14, Odense, Denmark
Elizabeth Edwards, Imaginary Homecoming – A Study in Re-engagement, in Raw Histories–Photographs,
Anthropology and Museums, Berg, Oxford/ New York
2000
Aperture 158; Photography and Time-winter, New York
1998
Marta Gili, Cartografs i aventurers: narradors d´històries, Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona
Ruth Charity, Curiosus Naturae Spectator, Portfolio 27, Edinburgh
Nikos Papastergiadias, Curiosus Naturae Spectator, Continental Drift, Europe Approaching the Millennium,
Prestel, Münich; New York
David Brittain, Lie of the Land, Creative Camera, April/May, London
1997
La Recherche Photographique 20 – L´Ailleurs, printemps, Paris
1996
Sylvain Maresca, Essai de comparaison entre les approches photographique et ethnographique in La
Photographie – Un miroir des sciences sociales, L´Harmattan, Paris; Montreal
John Stathatos, Myth and Landscape, exhibition catalogue
Boris v. Brauchitsch, Das Schweigen im Walde, exhibition catalogue, Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, Tübingen, Germany
Min-Jung Yang, The Monthly Photographic Art Magazine, Seoul, South Korea, October
1995
Jean-Christian Fleury, Curtis, Puranen, Lévi-Strauss/Photographie et ethnologie, Photographies Magazine, April,
Paris
Elizabeth Edwards, Imaginary Homecoming; The work of Jorma Puranen, Social Identities/Journal for the Study
of Race, Nation and Culture, Vol.2
1994
Robert Pujade, La Photographie Comme Science Fabuleuse; A Propos des Images de Jorma Puranen, exhibition
catalogue
1993
Jean-Christian Fleury, Photographies Magazine, December, Paris
Sunil Gupta, Disrupted Borders, Rivers Oram Press, London
Mika Ripatti, The Stations of the Gaze/ Crossroads of Absolution, Index/ Contemporary Scandinavian Images,
Stockholm, January
Jan-Erik Lundström, Returning to Sami Country: The Photographic Art of Jorma Puranen, Scandinavian Review