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WHAT´S ON:




THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT
TOUCHES THE AUDIENCE IN FRANKFURT
, GERMANY
AUSSTELLUNGSHALLE 26.9.–19.10.2014


AUSSTELLUNGSHALLE
THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN BERLIN
SISU RADIO

Open
from Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. –8 p.m.
from Saturday to Sunday 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

The creator of the exhibit, artist and social educator Miina Savolainen
and one of the loveliest girls in the world Ann-Mari Anttila will
guide visitors through the exhibition October 8 – 13, 2014.

Miina Savolainen and Imbi Paju

in Frankfurt Book Affair 10.10.2014, 14 P.M.
as part of Finnland Cool -theme.



Program:

- A guided tour by artist Miina Savolainen and Ann-Mari Anttila,
  Saturday October 11 from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ausstellungshalle.

- A guided tour by artist Miina Savolainen, Sunday October 12
from 12  a.m. to 2 p.m. Ausstellungshalle.

- Artist Miina Savolainen in Guest of Honour Pavilion Frankfurt Book
  Fair, Friday 10 October from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Finnland Cool!

 

- A lecture by artist Miina Savolainen:
  October 13, 14-17 p.m. Ausstellungshalle.

”The Loveliest Girl in The World” - To become visible.
A decade-long photography project about mistreated girls.
Empowering Photography - The dialogic gaze as a therapeutic
and pedagogic means. Artist Miina Savolainen will discuss
the touching story of the project with an introduction
to the method of empowering photography.


Free entrance!




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Requests and information:

Pauliina Vuorinen

Assistant to the Artist
Cell. +358.50.341.4739
maailman.ihanin.tytto@welho.com


Aino Kelle
Fachbereichsleitung Veranstaltungs- und Projektmanagement,
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main
Brückenstraße 3-7
60594 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon +49. 69 - 212 35 43 5
Mobil +49. 151 - 64 96 78 21
E-Mail Aino.Kelle@stadt-frankfurt.de





From the guestbook of Germany:


I´m very touched about the photos of the girls who show another side of been a human being.
May this kind of thinking get more place in our German society too. Thank you for this experience.
Ester

Thank you from the bottom of my soul from this healing, healing project.
L

I´m very touched by the photos and the idea, the aim and process of the project.
What a good and an excellent idea to be seen by others, but most important, to be seen by ourselves. To see all the emotions, to recognize and accept them. How brave from all of you!!!
All the best to all of you and thank you, Nicola and Nic

It´s wonderful to feel the love in these amazing pictures. So much to see, to feel.
One of the most important needs is to be seen as precious and to see yourself precious.
Beate

A great concept and a great exhibition! The pictures are really beautiful.
I especially liked those where the girls show their vulnerability – often you only
see very ”arranged” pictures that don´t show how somebody really feels.
Judith

Thank you very much for the realization of one of the most important and facinating ideas.
Sorry to say, but lot of children have to face their problems alone. Its a great happiness to meet someone who understands you and helps you to learn who you really are.
Mia

Thank you so much for this exhibition and presentation of the work of Miina Savolainen.
Miina, your work shine pure love through the photographs and the process behind the pictures. Really inspiring! And I hope it will inspire a lot of people. It inspired me!
Benny

Thank you for this mind blowing experience! Your pictures provoked a soul searching
trip to nature with pictures of a beautiful country and beautiful girls.
These images reminded us of how connected man is with nature!
Evangelous & Petra








THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT

ARRIVED BACK TO EUROPE:
BUDAPEST 23 MARCH – 26 APRIL 2013

The most successful Finnish photography project of all time will be on display in Budapest from March 23 to April 26, 2013, courtesy of Finnagora, The Finnish Institute in Budapest. The exhibition will arrive in Budapest from Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D.C. and New York, United States as part of its international tour in Europe and North America.

The Loveliest Girl in the World can be seen in its entirety at Próféta Galéria. Finland and the ambassador of Finland in Budapest, Mr. Pasi Tuominen, host the exhibition to emphasize the meaning of human rights and welfare of children.


Próféta Galéria, March 23 – April 26, 2013.
1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér.

Open from Monday to Friday 11 a.m. –6 p.m. Free entrance.

The creator of the exhibit, artist and social educator Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the exhibition daily from 23 – 26 April 13 – 17 p.m.

Miina Savolainen will discuss the touching story of the project with an introduction to the method of empowering photography on Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 25 April 18 p.m.

Requests and information:
Anna Airaksinen
Publicist
Tel. +358 50 341 4739
maailman.ihanin.tytto@welho.com

Lilla Bogdan
Producer
Finnagora, The Finnish Institute in Budapest
Tel. +36 20 557 1547
lilla.bogdan@finnagora.hu


FINNAGORA THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN BUDAPEST

PRÓFÉTÁ GALERIA
EXHIBITION IN FACEBOOK


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THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT TOUCHES
AMERICAN AUDIENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.



“The 120 photos in “The Loveliest Girl in the World” depict not
just
the grandeur of the Finnish wilderness and the subjects fairy-tale
 scenarios. They also show the process of gaining trust and confidence.
 The photographs represent the appeal of a modern fairy-tale moral: that people
can take real strength from their invented selves.”


WASHINGTON POST



EXTRACTS FROM THE GUESTBOOK IN WASHINGTON D.C.:

“These images are so extraordinary. Reflective, beautiful,
prophetic. I see the tones of pain, courage and hope reflected in some
of the most profound images I have seen. The essence of each lovely girl
seeps through the photograph. I am moved by the relationship
between the photographer and each girl, which is so clear.
The physical settings are imaginative and speak
of another world.
Thank you Miina for so patiently coming out this project
and thank you to
each lovely girl so far so bravely
sharing your beauty to the world. I hope you do see yourself

as you really are – special and important. Again,
absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

Lindsay Branham

“Thank you for such an intimate exhibit that has shown t
he beauty in every woman
and every environment.
I feel transformed by their transformation.

May their beauty never stop blossoming.”
Andrea, D.C.

“Thank you for allowing us to see the fruits of your
labors and the result of your bravery.”

Jerry Howanec

“As a child of complex home life growing up These photos were
incredible healing to me.
I see such a brave authenticity in the faces
of these girls in understanding (a bit of)
the process the girls went through
when the photographer get these shots. What a beauty!

Thank you for sharing these personal images with strangers
across the globe.
I am incredibly grateful and honored
with so much love and respect.”

Genevieve

“Dear Miina
This photo exhibit is beautiful. It is amazing hour you captured
the emotions of the girls and
it is very impressive to see their progression
over the years of graining confidence.

What a thought was the fact that this project was
photography as therapy.
Art is therapeutic, so I loved the concept.”
Thank you & Regards, Madhavi Reddi, American University

“The exhibit is beautiful. I love how you utilized nature and light
to capture
the spirit of the girls. Thank you for
the gorgeous and meaningful exhibit!”

Kate McDaniel, American University

“Dear Lovely Girls
I think what I want to say to you is I find how you place yourself
in the landscapes is very interesting. How you related to the earth and
how you stare back at the viewer creates such an interesting tension.
I see the individual spirit and the collective journey.
Each photo is a moment.”
David Carlson

“Oh, the beautiful girl-souls I have seen today!”
Diane Goff

“The photos are stunning. You girls are powerful, beautiful, perfect.”
Raul Goffe

“Your sensitivity is powerful!”
Johnny

“I feel invisible and unheard so much of the time. I am so glad you found
a way to be seen as how beautiful and real you are. Your pictures
remind me that we can all be seen.”
Stella

“I am overwhelmed by the creating of something so beautiful and
organic both within
yourselves and outside of yourselves. One of the girls
struck me the most as a woman
with incredible depth, complexity,
a beauty. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us.

Think the world sees you.”
Rukhsana M Chau

“Of all the Fotoweek exhibits this is my favorite. Wonderful photos!”

“This is inspiring. Such beautiful young women and such an amazing
way for them
to know themselves, exposes their sadness and joy.
And to know that Miina has made this
concept
of empowering photography available to other
is very especial.”

Pat G

“These photographs combine the drama of the landscape with the
introspection
of the girls very well. A real tour de force of photography,
and an example
of the good the photography can accomplish. Bravo!”
David Cieslikowski, Washington. D.C.

“My Dear Ones,
I have never had daughters, at 52 year old, I will not now. Your stories
and emotions caught on film will follow me rest of my life.
I love that each of you lives and thrives. Enjoy freedom!”
With love, Cheryl Ashton (another mom in spirit)

“I feel uplifted and calmed by seeing your pictures.”
Daisy Crowley

“These are wonderful pictures, an artist´s eye on Finland´s
natural world
and also on human psyche. Thank you for
bringing your art and thank you
for making
these girls special.” Kiitos!

Mary Niemi Stone

“Thank you for inspiring me with your beauty and strength.
Your photos are all
so breath-taking and show me what
is possible – beauty can be created even when it seems so foreign,
and art can help inspire and rebuild. You are all so strong
and SO beautiful, and your photos should show you that you are
capable of anything. I hope you continua
to feel beautiful
and live like the women you see in your amazing photos.”

Much love, Ada Thomas

“I love the subtextual loving dialogue between photographer
and subject.
You see these girls, Miina. Thank you and many
thanks to the girls
for sharing the multilayered relationships.”
Jessica Hall, Washington, D.C.

“I hope these beautiful young women put aside their pasts in order
to free themselves
for a future filled with love, joy, a peace!
How courageous and confident these woman

are to participate. Good luck and thank you!”
Sarah, Washington, D.C.


“Absolutely amazing and brilliant.
Simply stunning, inspiring and fresh.”

Evan, Washington, D.C.

“Dear One,
You are a gift to this world – A world having much
need for your tender spirit and heart.”

Your new friends, Carla and Ted Kutalo

“As someone who lacks to be the center of attention
I can appreciate
the emotional difficulties envolved
 in this process. Congratulations to you all.

It is very moving.”
Mary

“An amazing experience. Well done. We are blessed
to have witnessed just a
gleaming of the experience this
project must have been through your lens? A privilege!”

Chris Brown

“Very gorgeous pictures and incredibly inspiring
for someone like myself
who understands loss, pain
and sadness as a young woman. Thank you!”


“Very inspiring work. I appreciated the expression or
inner beauty,
the vast landscapes and the willingness
to share yourselves with the world.”

Boris, Washington, D.C.

“Remarkable beautiful, and remarkable overall.
It was a privilege to see this exhibition.”

Andrew Roedell


THE FIRST FEMALE AMBASSADOR OF FINLAND IN UNITED STATES HOSTS THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBITION ON OCTOBER 19 - NOVEMBER 13.

The Loveliest Girl in the World, the most successful photo exhibition in Finland, is invited to the United States to participate the FotoWeek DC photography festival. FotoWeek DC is an annual celebration of photography. The exhibitions and events of FotoWeek DC gather over 30 000 guests, and is organized in collaboration with over 60 different partners including museums, art galleries, universities, Pulitzer Center and National Gallery of Art. The exhibition is part of the Foto Week DC and EuroKids festivals and arrives in Washington as a part of its North and South American tour.

The exhibition is guided, and photographer Miina Savolainen herself gives lectures and tours from 11th to 12th November 2011. The program also includes an invited lecture at the University of Columbia, New York, on 10th November 2011 which covers the larger concept behind the exhibition: the method of empowering photography. From Washington DC the exhibition The Loveliest Girl in the World moves into the United Nations Visitors Centre, New York City, in 2012.

The Loveliest Girl in the World can be seen in its entirety at the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit comes from Ottawa, Canada. Finland and the first female ambassador of Finland in United States, Mrs. Ritva Koukku-Ronde, host the exhibition to stress the importance of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.



”The Embassy of Finland is proud to present Miina Savolainen’s perceptive
photography, which beautifully
illustrates young women’s passages to adulthood and
self-acceptance. I am convinced that this exhibition speaks to anyone interested in the intricate process that shapes individuals into full-fledged adults. The exhibition also highlights gender equality and women’s societal roles in subtle, innovative ways.”
Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde



The creator of the exhibit, artist and social educator Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the exhibition October 22 – 23  and November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lectures on empowerment of girls and women through photography will be held on October 20–21 and November 11. Artist Miina Savolainen will discuss the touching story of the project with an introduction to the method of empowering photography.


October 19 – November 13
Open from Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free entrance!
The Embassy of Finland, Finland Hall

3301 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington D.C.
Tel: (202) 298 5823


WEBSITE OF THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN UNITED STATES





THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD -EXHIBIT IN CANADA 26.5.–2.9.

The Loveliest Girl in the World – an award winning Finnish photography exhibit with record breaking attendance figures at home, will be at the Sussex Gallery of the Old City Hall in Ottawa May 26 – September 2, 2011, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit is part of Women’s Worlds 2011 Conference hosted by Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Artist Miina Savolainen tells the touching story of the project in words and pictures with an introduction to the method of empowering photography– lectures 1st – 2nd September.

Open daily 8am–20pm. Free entrance. 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON.


- The artist Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the exhibition 1st
  and
2nd September from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sussex Gallery, Old City Hall. 111 Sussex
  Drive, Ottawa. Free Entrance.


Women´s Worlds conference lecture in July:
www.womensworlds.ca




Comments from the exhibit´s guest book in Ottawa:


”Dear Miina, I am so very proud of you. Your art, your support of girls
and women, I can´t explain all of the emotions I feel for your work.
Please let all of your models know how beautiful they are and what
a priviledge bestowed upon them to be such an important
part of art history and women´s history.”
ANTOINETTE ZLOTY, CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN OF CANADA

"O, the World we live in, so full of beauty, so full of pain. Thank you for
recognizing both and doing awareness."
ANJA SCHLOTMAN, U.S.A.

"I have been privileged to walk on this journey - to be part of an
amazing story of survival, victory and beauty. Thank you."
CEBILE MARZINI-HERWOOD, SWAZILAND

"I feel like you have captured a picture that see´s into these girls souls
and I am humbled
by just looking at them. I am inspired and reminded of just
how important INNER beauty is. Thank You."

ENYA, SWEDEN

"Dear Miina,  I want to share that I really understand your work. I grew up with parents
and everything but I always felt orphan. Nobody ever took me photos, and it´s not easy
for me to feel comfortable for camera. I have grown up for good but still shy for photos.
Thank you ´cause through out your work I felt like a princess, too."
KARINA SOLTERA, MEXICO

"This exhibit makes me believe that someday, somehow, someone will take a picture
of me that
I will look at and love. Thank you for the art and the love
you have given the young women and world."

Love, TANYA, U.S.A.

"All I can say is wow! I have a daughter of a similar age and as I look at the pictures I know
why it is so important to tell her every day how much I love her and also to let her
know that she is special and that I believe that she can achieve anything.
Thank you so much for this this work which gave them emfidence and freedom
to pursue who they really are. They are really beautiful!"
MANON BEAULIEU, CANADA





THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD -EXHIBITIONS:

The Loveliest Girl In The World is a beloved collaborative art project, made by Miina Savolainen and ten young women who have been growing up at the children’s house Hyvönen. It also includes a large and awarded art exhibition and a photography book, published in 2008. Photography series, photographed for a decade, is a story of growing up and becoming visible. In it’s early form it was first showcased as a public exhibition in 2003. All together 140 art pieces follow the girls’ process from childhood to young adults. The exhibition’s photographs are shot in a traditional way in authentic places and in different natural environments all over Finland. The photographs in the series are photographed in film and exhibition works are made in dark room and are c-prints.


The empowering photography method, which is used in this collective art project, has had a remedial meaning. Accepting your self-image is a metaphor for accepting yourself. In empowering photography the power of the photographer and the myth of truth are turned to support the individual’s subjective right to define oneself. Photographs are designed and created together with the young.


In these fairytale-like photographs of The Loveliest Girl In The World- series the maltreated young girls have managed to see themselves powerful and completed. In these archetypal photographs the nature in its greatness plays the role of protector of vulnerable children. The message of the project is that everyone has a right to feel precious and beloved. The project speaks out for the meaning that art has in healing and making things visible in our society.


The exhibition has been shown in Annantalo Arts Centre, Helsinki (2003), EuroCult21-event, Barcelona (2005), Art Museum of jyväskylä (2005), The 12th Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists, Naples (2005),  Art Centrum Arx, Hämeenlinna (2006), Photography Centrum of Ostrobothnia 2006, Sarajevo Winter- art festival (2007), Museum of Wäinö Aalto, Turku (2008), and TR1 Art Hall, Tampere Art Museum 2010-2011.






THE PROJECT DEALING WITH FATHERHOOD:
FATHER – EMPOWERING PHOTOGRAPHS


FATHER – Empowering photography – exhibition brings together works by fifteen photographers who have been using the empowering photography method during the project. The director of the community art project was Miina Savolainen. The group members’ personal life-experience of fatherhood are present in their works and the project, already started in 2005, and they can be seen in terms of subjects and perspectives. During the process the group approached the theme first through their own real life-experiences of fatherhood and then gradually moved on to examine different expressions of fatherhood and sights in the Finnish society.   

FATHER– Empowering Photography-exhibition tells stories about the meaning of different kinds of fathers to children, relationships and society. How does the chain of generations of fathers affect the children’s choices in their life later on. As a grown up, can you fix your own father relationship when your father lives only in the memories. How have the changing expectations altered men’s ways and opportunities to carry out their fatherhood?

FATHER–  Empowering Photography - exhibition was first seen in Helsinki’s Jugendsali 17.10.2007– 13.1.2008. The culture minister of Finland, Stefan Wallin, opened the exhibition. It became the public’s favourite attracting 18 000 visitors and resulted in an exceptional amount of touching feedback from the audience. After Helsinki the exhibition was held in Gallery Tyko in Nurmes 28.1-2.3.2008.

In autumn of 2009 the exhibition was on display in Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, 25.9.-16.10.2009 and in Linderinsali, Lohja 5.11- 27.11.2009 produced by The Photography Centre of Raseborg. It was also seen in The Culture Centre of Imatra  2.-19.12.2009 produced by The Photography Centre of Southeast Finland. In spring 2010 the exhibition became the most popular exhibition in Jyväskylä Art Museum´s history with over 7 000 visitors.

During autumn 2010 the exhibition will be exhibited Gallery Myötätuuli in Raahe 1.10.-27.11.2007. The exhibition will also include a vast pedagogy program open to the public.

Here you can visit the website of the fatherhood project and the exhibition:
www.isyys.fi




Here you can sense the atmosphere in Father- exhibition and lecture series
in Jugendhall, Helsinki from 2008:

 
“One of the most important exhibition of this autumn. Real and impressive.”

“The word empowering stopped me in Christmas rush: I took some time to myself and it gave me more energy to go on. I’d like to give these points of views and great works as Christmas presents for everyone, fathers, their wives and their children.”

“From each series of photographs I found something so familiar, so touching. If not experienced by me first hand, at least closely seen and felt. For years I haven’t experienced such a touching exhibition.”

“I opened the door to Jugendsali and it felt like I stepped in to my own childhood or faced my father. This exhibition helps me to get to know my father.”

“I’m waiting for my first child and feeling hints of parenthood. It was encouraging to see the exhibition. It gave a positive view of fatherhood and parenthood even though everyone has their flaws. Thank you!”

“Fatherhood and fathers have been developed tremendously during my 85 years of time.”

“Photographing empowering way should be “civic education”, from where everyone could profit self-knowledge, joy and understanding towards one another. ”