Minna Pöllänen: Nature Trail

17.01.2015 - 22.02.2015

Exhibition open every day 10-20


Friday 16th Jan 2015

Artist talk 5pm

Exhibition opening 6pm


The exhibition program 2015 of the Northern Photographic Centre is opened by two exhibitions both dealing with landscape and environment: Traces by Marjo Hyttinen and Nature Trail by Minna Pöllänen. Hyttinen and Pöllänen are both examining the landscape and the marks that humans leave in the landscape.


Visual artist Minna Pöllänen’s (b.1980) practice combines and moves between photography and site-specific projects. Her thematic focus is on the notion of landscape and on the stereotypes and structures surrounding different environments.

Nature Trail (2012-2014 explores and questions the ways in which landscapes are experienced and perceived through a set of site-specific interventions in a forest. Made from scraps of industrially processed wood and some basic tools, Pöllänen’s constructions mimic the visual language associated with landscape tourism such as viewing platforms, signposts and ways of marking and building trails and paths.

In the pictures the landscape itself is shown in a limited manner. Rather than taking the form of a sublime vista, the photographed scenery acts as a backdrop for the interventions, and the focus of the images is on the seemingly trivial details of the terrain. By steering away from a direct representation of landscape the work concentrates on the anatomy of experiencing and commodifying the environment: What defines an ideal landscape and the right viewpoint to it? What is the role of the spectator in valuing the environment?  And could the very mundanity of a landscape offer a way into a more constructive and thoughtful method for perceiving one’s own surroundings?

Minna Pöllänen is a Finnish artist living and working in Helsinki and London. Her works have recently been shown in: Gallery Huuto in Helsinki (2014), Kilometre of Sculpture in Rakvere (2014), Mänttä Art Festival in Mänttä (2013), Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects in London (2014), Brooklyn Bridge Park and A.I.R. Gallery in New York (2013), YOUNG ARTISTS 2011 at Helsinki Kunsthalle, Format Photography Festival in Derby (2013) and Galerie Les Territoires in Montreal (2012, 2011).


The exhibition is supported by:

Arts Promotion Centre Finland/National Council for Photographic Art and Kone Foundation


For more information: www.minnapollanen.com / minna@minnapollanen.com