Group exhibition “One Picture Manifesto”

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One Picture Manifesto

One picture is a work of art.
It is concise and includes all that is needed.
It suggests and reacts, provides responses, and renders new trails for thoughts. It is an opening and a closure.
One picture.
No more is needed.

“One Picture Manifesto” is a visual commentary on the practices of modern photographic art. It highlights the significance of a single photograph in a time that tends to celebrate serialism. The founding artists of the manifesto, artist Marja Pirilä (b. 1957), Harri Pälviranta (b. 1971), Maija Annikki Savolainen (b. 1980) and Maija Tammi (b.1985) want to challenge their own ways of creating art as well as photographic practices in general. Italian artist Alessandro Danidini de Sylva (b.1981) joined the examination of a single photographic image at the exhibition organised by gallery Matèria at Spazio Duale at Istituto Superiore di Fotograa, and Japanese artist, Hideo Anze (b. 1975), conjoined the project at this exhibition held at Kana Kawanishi Photography.

In the exhibition, each artist presents one independent visual work of art that is not supported by long written descriptions or complementing works from the same artist. The aim is to invite the viewer to stop and look at one photo for a prolonged period of time. The manifesto is also intended to encourage people to consider to what extent the form and even the very existence of photographic art is dictated by the parameters of photographic competitions, festivals and grant applications.

“One Picture Manifesto” was first shown at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland, September, 2019, and then in Rome in April 2022. In spring 2023 the exhibition will travel to The Reference in Seoul. At each new location one local artist is invited to make one new photographic work according to the manifesto thus increasing the number of works in the show.

The Finnish Institute in Japan will host an artist talk at the Institute’s meeting room on 2nd of August, 18:00-20:00. Participating artists Maija Tammi and Harri Pälviranta will discuss about their artistic practice, photography, and the concepts behind the exhibition.

Time: 2 September 2022, 18:00-20:00
Venue: The Finnish Institute in Japan
3-5-39 Minami-Azabu
Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8561

Tickets available until 1 September, 23:55

Group Exhibition “One Picture Manifesto” 3.9.2022 – 15.10.2022

2-7-5-5F, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031 / Tel: +81 3 5843 9128

Wed-Fri 13:00-20:00, Sat 12:00-19:00 (closed Sun, Mon, Tue, and National Holidays)

*temporarily closed during October 5 (Wed) – 8 (Sat)

Artists: Marja Pirilä, Harri Pälviranta, Maija Annikki Savolainen, Maija Tammi, Alessandro Dandini de Sylva, Hideo Anze

Photo: Maija Tammi: Ouroboros, 2019.