Images of the month / Anssi Jokiranta: Relatively Old

02.04.2022 - 01.05.2022

Relatively Old is the photographer Anssi Jokiranta portrait series of old age and our relationship with it. The ageing population and the resulting change in the dependency relationship are referred to as a major societal challenge. Age and ageing are associated culturally with different meanings that change over time. However, the ageing population is made up of individuals, each with their own history and their own body. The series of images exposes us to the changing perception of old age and senior citizens, when we view the elderly as people. The low-gesture and intimate black-and-white images of the exhibition are captured using the wet-collodion process developed in the 1850s. This technique that involves manual skills brings randomness and makes images look jagged, unique works.

Anssi Jokilanta (born in 1982) is a Finnish photographer from the town of Rovaniemi. He has worked for over a decade as a photographer for the Lapin Kansa newspaper, documenting life in Lapland with wide-ranging scope. Jokiranta illustrated the data book “Forest After Us”, which won the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize in 2019.

Cultural Centre Valve organises a guided tour open to the public, in the Valve galleries on 19 April from 5 p.m. onwards.