Exhibition at Højbro Plads // Hilla Kurki – Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden, 2022

Exhibition in public space // Højbro Plads // 1-11 June

In her exhibition Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden Hilla Kurki portrays her mother’s flowers. Flowers are her mother’s passion and she “grows” them as she “grew” her daughters. In Finnish the same verb can be used for implying “to grow” or “to raise”. 

In a way, her mother's flowers symbolise the daughters, each a beautiful, individual creature. All of them convey their stories and the care and attention all daughters deserve to grow. Her series is accompanied by texts of various intimate memories collected from anonymous daughters. 

The exhibition at Højbro Plads is part of Copenhagen Photo Festival taking place 1 to 11 June in both public space in the city and at the festival center on Refshaleøen, where you can see another part of Hilla Kurki’s project exhibited.

Hilla Kurki (1985, Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. Kurki's work is linked to her personal life, which she presents as a universal experience that everyone faces at some point in their lives. Since 2016 she has exhibited in various international venues and art fairs and her work was selected for Elles X Paris Photo in 2018. 

The project presented by Copenhagen Photo Festival was published as a book by Khaos Publishing in 2022 and selected among the Most Beautiful Books of 2022 by the Finnish Book Art Committee.

Hilla Kurki has been selected among 250 participants from all over the world, through an open call on this year’s overarching theme ‘Rewilding’ which contributes to the conversation about sustainable urban development and sustainable art in public space as part of Copenhagen being UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023.