New Ghosts Exhibitions in Autumn 2020:
Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (2.10.–25.10.2020)
Photo Vogue Festival, Milan (30.10.–22.11.2020)
Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg (8.11.–22.11.2020)
Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (7.11.2020-24.1.2021)
Smaller edition also exhibited at:
Backlight Photo Festival, Visual Catalysts, Tampere (26.9.–18.10.2020)
Backlight Photo Festival, Light in the Tunnel, Tampere (5.9.–31.12.2020)
“We do not believe in ghosts, nor in photos. We believe in each other.”
Aki-Pekka and Astrid Sinikoski’s exhibition New Ghosts portrays the relationship between father and daughter and their attempts to understand life, change, and the passage of time. The show raises questions about identity, adulthood and childhood, life and death—what kind of role models, ideals, and future scenarios do we create for each other?
When we are young, our fears are often easy to name. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts or, for example, the tree’s shadow behind a window. Often, as we grow older, fears become more abstract—these new amorphous anxieties create new unnamed phantoms, a sort of “ghost” in one’s life which cannot be named. While filming the “ghost study,” Sinikoskis have observed that fears are often revealed in dreams. When one gets to know these apparitions better and tame the faceless figure, they turn into a gateway to one’s dreams.
The body of work on display at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte features the photographic works of two different series: New Ghosts and Ghost Studies with Flowers. The latter collection is on display for the first time and examines mortality, life, and beauty in brief moments. Discussions between Sinikoskis and the “ghosts” act as a starting point for both series. While filming all over the world, father and daughter spent long periods on the road. On these trips, they expanded their “ghost study,” but also organised numerous mini-exhibitions lasting less than a day, and to celebrate transcience. The images presented were mainly printed on canvas. All sorts of public spaces, like emptied swimming pools in the suburbs, were commissioned as galleries.
Aki-Pekka and Astrid Sinikoski’s “ghost study” began in 2011. The series is scheduled to be completed in 2058, when Aki-Pekka turns 80 and Astrid 50. So far, New Ghosts has been presented on three different continents. After Hippolyte’s exhibition, the collection will be seen at the Photo Vogue Festival in Milan, among other places.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski lives and works in Helsinki. As a portrait and documentary photographer, he is best known for his photo series Finnish Teens (2011) and Last Machos (2016). In his artistic processes, Sinikoski strives to capture the passing of time; as a result, projects are often lengthy and time-consuming. He is not looking for decisive moments but rather the stagnant feeling just after these moments. Sinikoski worked as the artistic director of the Helsinki Biennale from 2006 to 2009. In 2020, he made his debut as a children’s author with his work Under månen (transl. Under the Moon, Schildts & Söderströms). This longingly comforting and philosophical book tells a story of a child’s life after his mother’s death. Sinikoski hopes the book will bring light and warmth to where it is needed most.
Astrid Sinikoski is a seventh-grade high school student. She plays basketball, loves animals, and enjoys drawing. She has a joint punk and techno band with her father, Raidalliset Lapset (Engl. Striped Children). Admittedly, the band has never released anything other than punk, as neither has yet learned to play techno.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnfoto, and Konstsamfundet.
WOW!!!! We made it!!! The photo series we have been working on with my daughter Astrid since 2011 has been selected to Photo Vogue Festival in Milan, Italy!!! VOGUE!!! I mean freaking VOGUE!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
More information can be found here: www.vogue.it
New Ghosts exhibitions autumn 2020 by Aki & Astrid
1. Galleria Hippolyte, Helsinki (More information HERE)
2. Photo Vogue Festival, Milano (More information HERE)
3. Pohjoinen Valokuvakeskus, Oulu (More information HERE)
4. Visual Catalysts, Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere (More information HERE)
5. Light in Tunnel, Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere (More information HERE)
Illustrations by Ilja Karsikas.
“When I was little, my mum flew to the moon. She worked at the circus. That night they shot her up in the air, like always. But it wasn’t an ordinary night; it was a night full of magic. Once my mum was in the air, she never came down, she simply went on flying. Through the tent, past the clouds, all the way to the moon. That’s where she’s sitting now. Looking down at us and smiling.”
According to the publishing house:
”Aki-Pekka Sinikoski makes his debut as an author with a warm and philosophical text that receives a precise and personal accompaniment from Ilja Karsikas’ watercolour illustrations. In Under the Moon, they create a magical world where sadness, but also beauty and absurdity, have a place. This sensitive and wistful book about the meaning of love, existence and the purpose of life brings to mind children’s classics of world literature like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.”
As an author Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is internationally represented by Helsinki Literary Agency.
WOW!!! We just received the message that we have been chosen through thousands of photographers and now our photos are nominated to PHOTO VOGUE FESTIVAL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ We are so happy already now… We have made it together all these years and let’s hope we will make it all the way to Milan.
PEACE & LOVE,
AKI & ASTRID
PS… VOGUE!!! That is VOGUE!!! How great is that!!!?!?! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
PPS. Happy midsummer’s midnight to all of you ☀️🌙❤️
New Ghosts is now Blue Ghosts. During these extra ordinary times it’s important to protect all of us. That is why our exhibition in Jyväskylä is closed and wrapped in blue at the moment. If the situations gets better in a month, we will reopen the exhibition between April 14 and April 26.
If not, we hope to see you in Helsinki at Hippolyte Gallery in October or in the Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu at the end of the year.
Thank you for the wonderful exhibition opening in Gallery Ratamo. The atmosphere was warm and beautiful and we really could feel connected to you. Thank you for all your kind words and thank you for sharing your stories and thoughts. After the opening, it was snowing and we were so happy, grateful and full of life.
Our warm greetings go also to läänintaiteilija Marko Hämäläinen who interviewed us. –You have one of the biggest hearts in the whole wide world!
For those of you who haven’t seen the New Ghosts exhibition yet, you have the chance to see it at Gallery Ratamo in Jyväskylä until 29 March.
After Jyväskylä the following New Ghosts exhibitions in Finland will take place at
–Gallery Hippolyte in Helsinki (October 2020)
–Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu (November 2020)
More New Ghosts exhibitions outside of Finland will be published soon. See you on the road.
Stay safe. You are important!
❤️ Aki & Astrid
All the photos in this post by Emmi Minkkinen
I have some great contract news for you! For now on I will be represented as an author by Helsinki Literary Agency. It feels fantastic to know there are great people working actively to get my first childrens book ”Under månen” published in as many countries as possible. 🙏❤️⭐️
Here in Finland the book is going to be published not only in Swedish (by Schildts & Söderströms) but also in Finnish (by S & S) during the spring 2020. The book is illustrated by iljakarsikas – one of the most talented illustrators in Finland. So stay tuned. I think you will love it. 😊
The first New Ghosts exhibition in 2020 will take place 5.–29.3. at the beautiful Gallery Ratamo in Jyväskylä.
You are welcome to the opening 4 March at 5 pm. There will be a New Ghosts Artist Talk hosted by regional artist (läänintaiteilija) Marko Hämäläinen and we’ll stay in the gallery together with Astrid even after the official program, so I’m sure you’ll have a chance to chat with us if you feel like that. We have worked with these images since 2011 and YES, we are super proud of this exhibition, so it’ll be a pleasure to share it with you.
I will also have a photo workshop in Jyväskylä on 29 March so even if we don’t know too many people in Jyväskylä region – yet! – we hope that will change pretty soon.
Peace & Love, Aki & Astrid