Atelieri O. Haapala: Retrospektiivi/Retrospektiv 2008-2014

23.05.2014 - 03.08.2014

Opening on Friday 23.05.2014

Artist Talk 17:00

Opening Ceremony 18:00

Both artists are present at the opening 

Atelieri O. Haapala is a Neo-Victorian portraiture studio and a collaborative art project. The studio seeks to create anew the Victorian epoch by means of photography and performance art. The protagonists of this reenactment are Mrs. Onyxei Haapala and her faithful companion Mr. Helmut Schweinstein. Atelieri O. Haapala is the brainchild of Helsinki-based photographers Saara Salmi and Marco Melander, who have conducted the project since 2008.

 The exhibition Retrospektiivi – Retrospektiv 2008-2014 shows cabinet portraits from different portrait projects of Atelieri O. Haapala. The portraits are from the borderlands of reality and fiction. The pictures are portraits of role characters and documentation of people who fulfill their fantasies st the same time. In addition there are adventurous pictures from the miraculous world of Onyxei Haapala and Helmut Schweinstein in the exhibition. In these pictures Haapala and Schweinstein are seen for example hunting polar bears and robbing graves on the pyramids of Giza.

 Atelieri O. Haapala offers an alternative to everyday reality - the past. Atelieri O. Haapala does not aspire to faithfully replicate history, but rather to create fiction nostalgically inspired by the visual realm of the 19th and the 20th century, an era characterized by optimism and strong faith in technological development. In spite of using modern equipment to produce the photographs, Atelieri O. Haapala's inspiration and idols can be traced back to the dawn of photography and the bedrock found in the portrait painting tradition that is over five centuries old.

24.5.2014 there is also a public photographing event arranged in the Oulu Art Hall, where the audience can get neo-victorian portraits. Photographing event is arranged on Sat 24th May between 12-16 hours. The address is Kasarmintie 3. The prices for portraits are up from 15 euros. 

The artists have been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Svenska Kulturfondet. 

Northern Photographic Centre is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and City Of Oulu.