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Mental Landscapes in the Arctic

The Arctic regions have in common the open scenery and the almost virgin nature. People has for long ago become a part of these landscapes, adapted the variation of the light, learned the arctic mental landscape. At the Pekka Sammallahti’s photograph exhibition brings together images of the arctic region.

When
Oct 11, 2013
Every week until Feb 08, 2014
Contact Name Pasi Nivasalo
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Contact Phone 0205 64 7749
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Pekka Sammallahti has become known especially his work among Sámi languages and culture. He is a emeritus professor of Univeristy of Oulu. Sammallahti’s most known publications are his dictionarys of Sámi languages. He is originally from Helsinki, but lives now days at the arctic region, at Utsjoki’s Vetsikko.

Now Sammallahti takes step to new field, he brings his first own exhibition to Metsähallitus Nature centre Siida. Mental Landscapes in the Arctic is his first totally own exhibition, Sammallahti has earlier had few artworks at foreign galleries. His brother Pentti Sammallahti is known photographer, and he has been with exhibitions preparations.

Mental Landscapes in the Arctic –exhibition brings together over hundred photographs, part grayscaled. Grayscaled photos Sammallahti has managed to save polar night’s variation of colors.
-Grayscaled photos leave more for the viewers own imagination, Sammallahti tells about his pictures.

Exhibition has photos from few decades, oldest ones are from 1970s. Northern photography place is common for all the exhibition’s images: photos are taken in Sápmi, Alaska and the Spitzbergen. With the landscapes there are also people at the photos, persons who live at the northern hemisphere, persons who had learned to live Arctic regions.

-In my opinion You get good photos, You don’t take them. You can take a series of images, but those photos, where the sky and the landscapes is saved just at the right moment, those photos You get, Sammallahti tells. –That’s why always is asked “did You get good photos” neither “did You take good photos”.

Sammallahti has tried to reach mental landscape of the Arctic. That landscape, which is familiar to person who lives at the variation of the colors and seasons, landscapes color saturation or polar night’s greyness. Photos which are taken in Suomi are mainly taken at Utsjoki region, Sammallahti’s current hometown.

Pekka Sammallahti’s photograph exhibition Mental Landscapes in the Arctic is at Siida 12.10.2013 – 9.2.2014. Siida is open winter season 10-17 from Tuesday till Sunday, Mondays closed.

More information:
Pekka Sammallahti, lintula(a)dekstor.inet.fi
Pasi Nivasalo, pasi.nivasalo(a)metsa.fi

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