Cool, calm, and with a hint of craziness

What is the temperature of young Nordic photography right now? Dive into the FUTURES Nordic Talents 2024 exhibition at the festival center and find out. Barbara Marstrand, Frederik Danielsen, Jenni Toivonen, Mathias Eis, and Emma Sarpaniemi are this year’s FUTURES Talents selected by CPF and they represent the scope of current young fine art and documentary photography in the Nordic region. 

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Each has a distinct Nordic coolness – with hints of color, craziness, messy teenage rooms, old superstitions, and particular cultures within other cultures. Quite a range of themes are explored within these five projects. Therefore we are super proud to announce that thanks to the generous support of Nordic Culture Point the festival guests now have the chance to experience five different FUTURES exhibitions at the festival center from 6 to 16 June. 

There is something to look forward to because, despite their young age and appointment as talents, they are already accomplished photographers with international exhibitions and published photo books on their CVs. The five FUTURES exhibitions can be explore across the festival exhibition park and buildings.

Join the guided tour with all FUTURES talents Friday 7 June – read more

Barbara Marstrand

Barbara Marstrand – Still Life of Teenagers, 2023 Denmark

Barbara Marstrand’s “Still Life of Teenagers” explores Danish youth culture through photographs of teenage bedrooms, capturing everyday life and personal stories. Published in 2023 by Disko Bay, the series blends Marstrand’s artistic and sociological insights.

“Marstrand (b. 1994), based in Copenhagen, offers a unique look at Danish youth by combining her artistic practice with sociological methods.” – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

 

Emma Sarpaniemi

Emma Sarpaniemi Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower, 2021 – ongoing, Finland

Emma Sarpaniemi’s “Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower” is a performative photography series that explores women’s self-portraiture through playful, tender depictions. Using flea market finds, Sarpaniemi creates scenes that challenge traditional femininity.

“Sarpaniemi (b. 1993), based in Helsinki, explores identity with satirical and intimate self-portraits, challenging gender roles.” – The Programme Committee

Frederik Danielsen

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Frederik Danielsen Brandtræer på Als, 2020 Denmark

Frederik Danielsen’s “Brandtræer på Als” investigates myths and rituals surrounding trees on Als Island. Combining photography and archival materials, the project reflects on past and present, emphasizing the importance of respecting nature.

“Danielsen (b. 1995) evokes curiosity about local myths using documentary photography and conceptual art.” – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

Jenni Toivonen

Jenni Toivonen Are We There 2021, Finland & Brazil

Jenni Toivonen’s “Are We There” examines migration, memory, and utopia through a performative journey to her ancestors’ utopian community in Brazil. The project blends personal history with archival materials to explore origins and belonging.

“Toivonen (b. 1993) combines family history with archival material, reflecting on migration and memory. She holds an MA in Arts and Photography from Aalto University.” – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

Mathias Eis

Mathias Eis Are We Nearly There Yet? 2020 – ongoing, Denmark

Mathias Eis’s “Are We Nearly There Yet?” explores life at Denmark’s 148 highway rest stops. Through his photography, Eis captures the unique, often overlooked, transient moments at these locations.

“Eis (b. 1995) sheds light on life at highway rest stops with a keen eye for detail, holding a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism.” – The Programme Committee 

Read more about the exhibition here.