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Breathing the Same Air

Breathing the Same Air

Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH, February 2013

1 May – 1 May 2013
Nelli Palomäkianother important representative of the Helsinki SchoolFinnish photographer Nelli Palomäki (*1981) searches for the lost magic that was once inherent in photography in the days when having your portrait taken was something special. Palomäki’s timeless black-andwhite portraits of children and young adults reveal the fragility of the moment shared with her subject. Her photographs deal with growing up, memory, and mortality. In the ar…

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Breathing the Same Air

Breathing the Same Air

Ordrupgaard Museum, Charlottenlund, DK
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FIN
24 Jan - 16 Apr 2013

8 Feb – 4 Apr 2013
She has taken the art world by storm with her alluring portraits. The young contemporary Finnish artist Nelli Palomäki (born 1981) has already at an early stage of her career achieved international acclaim as a renewer of the portrait and as an artist who has a deep understanding and appreciation of the tools of the photografic media.  This spring, Ordrupgaard presents the exhibition Nelli Palomäki. Breathing the Same Air as the first solo exhibition by the ar…

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Paris Photo 2012

Paris Photo 2012

www.parisphoto.fr

15 Nov – 18 Nov 2012
Gallery TaiK / booth - C30 ::: Gallery TAIK is most delighted to announce its participation at Paris Photo taking place 15. - 18. November 2012 in Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. ... Preview and vernissage 14. November 2012 (by invitation only). :: You are cordially invited to visit our booth - C30 - where the following Helsinki School artists are being presented: - - - - Wilma Hurskainen - - Tiina Itkonen - - Sandra Kantainen - - Eeva Karhu - - Tim…

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Rencontres d'Arles, Discovery Award 2012

Rencontres d'Arles, Discovery Award 2012

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2 Jul – 23 Sep 2012
Artists presented by Jyrki Parantainen :: ANNI LEPPÄLÄ / JAANA MAIJALA / NELLI PALOMÄKI .. AS TIME CONSUMES US .. Nelli Palomäki’s portraiture photographs represents the genre, where you don’t first expect to find some extremely fresh to look at. In her case this prejudgment turns immediately out wrong. Palomäki is not preying nor chasing people. She goes to their skin and shares her life with them, and that goes both ways. There is not a target and the photographer as we are used to s…

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Book : The Helsinki School - Vol. 4

Book : The Helsinki School - Vol. 4

A Female View.

Pure girl power: the Helsinki School´s female photographers introduce themselves.Photography has in the meantime become one of Finland´s biggest exports. Graduates of Aalto University's Schlool of Art and Design in Helsinki exhibit their pictures around the globe. Also extraordinarily successful are previous volumes of The Helsinki School, a series devoted to these young artists and their works. Now, the fourth volume of the series focuses on female artists, inquiring into the pos…

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Video: in conversation with Nelli Palomäki at Next Level Projects, August 2011

Video: in conversation with Nelli Palomäki at Next Level Projects, August 2011

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Photographer Nelli Palomäki and curator and editor Sheyi Bankale in conversation at Next Level Projects, London. The exhibition runs from Thursday 4th August 2011 until Wednesday 28th August 2011 at Next Level Projects, 58 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL. Nelli Palomäki was born in 1981 in Forssa, Finland. She now lives and works in both Isnäs, Finland and London, UK. She has studied photography at BA and MA level at Arts Academy at Turku University of Applie…

Solo exhibitions of Nelli Palomäki

Group exhibitions of Nelli Palomäki

Fotogalleri Vasli SouzaSE

About ten

Also exhibiting a video installation Act of Posing together with Juhana Moisander

5 Feb – 9 Apr 2016

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Biography of Nelli Palomäki

Born 1981 in Forssa, Finland
Lives and works in Isnäs, Finland


Education
2011 London College of Communication, Photography, MA, Victor Fellowship Grant
2008– University of Art and Design Helsinki, Photography, MA
2004–2008 Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences, BA in photography

Works in collections
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden
Musée de l'Elysée, Switzerland
StatoilHydro Art Collection, Norway
The Finnish Art Association, Finland
The Paulo Foundation, Finland
Private Collections

Residencies
2010 Pole image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France

Grants
2012 Patricia Seppälä Foundation
2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation
2011 Finnish Cultural Foundation
2011 Arts Council of Finland
2011 Finnfoto ry
2010 Hasselblad Foundation
2010 Arts Council of Finland
2009 Finnfoto ry
2009 The Paulo Foundation
2008 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund
2007 Finnfoto ry
2007 TOP-Foundation
2004 Väinö Voionmaa Fund

Awards and nominations
2012 Les Rencontres d’Arles, Discovery Award, nominated artist
2011 Paul Huf award, nominated artist
2010 Victor Fellowship, Hasselblad Foundation, winner
2010 reGeneration2–Tomorrow's photographers today, selected artist
2010 Sony World Photography Awards, 2nd place in fine art/portraiture
2010 EMMA Prize 2010, finalist

Publications and articles
2012 Black+White Photography Magazine, cover and interview, Issue 134
2011 The Helsinki School, Vol IV, A Female View, Hatje Cantz 2011
2011 ZOOM, New talent special issue, ISSN: 0393-4330, pages 52–55
2011 Alice in Wonderland, The Finnish Museum of Photography 2011
2011 Muze, April–June 2011, ISSN: 1768-6563, page 22
2010 reGeneration2 - Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, Thames & Hudson 2010
2010 reGeneration2 - Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, Aperture, 2010
2010 Daegu Photo Biennale 2010 – The Helsinki School
2010 Descubrimientos 2010, PHotoEspana, PHE Books 2010
2010 FOTO, 12/2010, Främlingar i Sovrummet, pages 8–17
2010 Exit, 10 years special issue: About ten, ISSN: 1577-272-1, pages 132–133
2010 On Display :, Hasselblad Foundation 2010
2010 British Journal of Photography, July 2010, Issue No 7778, ISSN: 0007-1196, page 43
2010 Next Level, Helsinki Issue, ISSN 1476-4369, page 79
2009 Elsa and Viola, The Paulo Foundation publication 2009

Texts about Nelli Palomäki

Andrea Holzherr
from the book The Helsinki School - A Female View

Nelli Palomäki

Since the invention of the camera and its subsequent popularization, portraiture has been one of the main subjects in photography. A number of the most famous photographers in the history of photography have taken portraiture as their main subject, some choosing their subjects, and others commercializing their skills through commissions.

Nelli Palomäki belongs to the first cate… (more)
Andrea Holzherr
from the book The Helsinki School - A Female View

Nelli Palomäki

Since the invention of the camera and its subsequent popularization, portraiture has been one of the main subjects in photography. A number of the most famous photographers in the history of photography have taken portraiture as their main subject, some choosing their subjects, and others commercializing their skills through commissions.

Nelli Palomäki belongs to the first category, she is among those photographers, like Diane Arbus, who carefully look for and choose the people that they then portray. The reference to Diane Arbus is not arbitrary. Even though her results are very different, Palomäki shares Diane Arbus’s peculiar ability to choose her subjects with discerning certainty. It is this clairvoyance in her selection of subjects that makes her work so magical.

“My pictures force me to go close to people,” Nelli Palomäki says in her personal statement. In order to do her photographs, she has to look for people, observe them, and imagine them in the viewfinder of her camera. It is a long and delicate process which involves finding, observing, connecting to, convincing, and finally photographing the chosen person. The process and ensuing relationship can break down at any moment. Perhaps it is the fragility of the connection between the photographer and her subject that confers a certain delicate and mysterious beauty to Palomäki’s photographs.

If it wasn’t for Nelli Palomäki, these people wouldn’t be in those frames, in these postures, and with these expressions. Their beauty, discovered and displayed by the photographer, would remain unnoticed.
Nelli Palomäki
Artist Statement .

I almost never carry my camera with me. Sometimes its presence even haunts me. It’s more fun to view the environment without the pressure of photographing it. Running children with an angry mother after them, a big cockroach crossing the ship’s deck, a lonely man with a sleeping bag under his arm and a family playing cards together. Do they notice me? I imagine where people are going and how they live. An old woman must be lonely and that’… (more)
Artist Statement .

I almost never carry my camera with me. Sometimes its presence even haunts me. It’s more fun to view the environment without the pressure of photographing it. Running children with an angry mother after them, a big cockroach crossing the ship’s deck, a lonely man with a sleeping bag under his arm and a family playing cards together. Do they notice me? I imagine where people are going and how they live. An old woman must be lonely and that’s why she’s carrying a big bag of doughnuts, only to lie about coming visitors. A man walks to his hangout bar every day to sit and watch people without saying a word to anyone. It would be romantic to think that he must be a writer, but probably he’s just a lonely man. A child dangles a cat from its tail without anyone telling the child not to. A fashionable woman in the perfume department looks at me with contempt, I feel like laughing. -

I sit in the tram and follow two little girls. They look remarkably alike. Although the girls are playing together, they have sad looks on their faces. Even the greatest laugh will not change the seriousness of the faces. The girls stay in my thoughts for a long time. After a few months, I see them again, this time with their mother. I end up taking a portrait of Elsa and Viola in their home. I stuff the girls in one big tulle dress to keep them as close to each other as possible for a longer time. The girls sit seriously next to each other and look the same as they did months before. I’m amused by their seriousness, at the same time there is something sad about it.
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The way people act in front of camera, is truly fascinating. Desperately searching for their mirror-face which only exist in their mind. Everyone is aware of their better side and even more aware of their flaws, unsuccessfully hiding them. But they can recognize the same thing in me, realizing this makes me really insecure and nervous. This makes the portraiture, the actual moment of taking the image, really extraordinary. Accepting the fact that we are there as we really exist, with our good and bad features, makes it suddenly quite comfortable. -

I search for the perfect picture, but it escapes. In the end, a portrait is always different from what I expected. Other pictures surprise me with their strength, others merely disappoint me. Disappointment, however, motivates me to continue. Excitement after each shoot is always as great, the fear of failure always as fascinating. I sit in the tram and study new negatives. Against the window they look successful. But I know the pictures will end up different than I expect. Something has changed. Perhaps the person’s eyes are just about to close, a child has moved or there is a trace of an irritating artificial smile. A picture planned beforehand changes through coincidence and surprises and escapes from the photographer. If I succeeded in taking the perfect picture, I would hardly continue shooting.
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