100 and Counting Photography Exhibition at Villa Hakasalmi
What is the secret to old age? Which places in Helsinki are important for 100-year-olds? How can past and present interact in photo portraits? The 100 and Counting exhibition, which will open at Villa Hakasalmi on 13 October 2017, will answer these questions. The exhibition tells the fascinating life stories of seven Helsinki centenarians and features large portrait collages with both old and new photographs. The portraits have been photographed and compiled by artist Vesa Tyni, an internationally renowned photographer from Helsinki, famous for his portraits.
The exhibition team also browsed the interviewee’s home albums and selected some of their best photographs to illustrate the stories. In addition, photographs by famous photographers such as Signe Brander, Ivan Timiriasew, Simo Rista and many more take the visitors to the city’s streets, homes and parks. These photographs illustrate the attitudes towards old people and age, the ways of representing them and the meanings associated with old age at different times. The 100 and Counting exhibition also includes a special photo booth where you can step in and let the machine transform you into your 100-year-old self. You can buy the photograph for a small price.
The upstairs exhibition will close on 7 January 2018, after which the museum will start preparing for a new play and installation: Vihan kevät – Helsinki 1918 (The Spring of Hatred), which premiers in February 2018. The play is an episodic piece by Sirpa Kähkönen, depicting the daily lives of people during the Finnish Civil War. The 100 and Counting exhibition will be open downstairs until 25 March 2018.
The exhibition is part of Finland’s centenary celebrations.