Aapo Huhta: Block
10.08.2019 - 15.09.2019
Vernissage Fri 9 Aug at 5pm
Vernissage at Oulunsalo library Wed 7 Aug at 5pm
“We all make a mark here and it’s important to stop and think what each of us leaves behind”. –Aapo Huhta.
Block is a photographic essay about contemporary city life and the people’s role in it. The images offer their viewer a dystopic scene of a metropolis. Money rules and people are looking for happiness, each other and the meaning of life. Block is something between documentary project and staged images. Visually they represent absolute minimalism. Concrete jungle is highlighted and humans are photographed from a distance. The name of the project is not only a word we use to describe distances in a city but more of a reference to the distance between people. The project makes the viewer ask if this really is the world we wanted to build.
Photographs for the series were shot in New York between 2014 and 2015. Block has also been shown in Fotografiska in Stockholm and Kehler Gallerie in Berlin in 2018, in Great Space in Helsinki in 2018 and in Photographic Centre Nykyaika in 2019. Kehrer Verlag published the project as a book in 2015.
Aapo Huhta (1985) is a Helsinki based photographer. He holds an MA in photography from the Aalto University of Arts and Design, Helsinki Finland.
Huhta's work focuses on experimental documentary with themes arising from personal experiences. Exploring different forms of photographic essay, its methods and possibilities is playing a major role in his work. In 2014, Huhta was selected as one of the Top 30 Under 30 photographers by the Magnum Photos. He received the award of the Young Nordic Photographer of the Year 2015. Huhta is also known for his assignment works.
Aapo Huhta was selected to be Artist of the Year at Oulunsalo Soi music festival. Therefore part of Block is exhibited in Oulunsalo library between 8 Aug and 31 Aug. The vernissage of the Oulunsalo exhition is on 7 Aug. Huhta will present his book at the opening.
More about the artist: aapohuhta.com