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All the books of Backlight2020 Photo Festival trilogy have been published!
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All the books of the Backlight2020 Photo Festival trilogy have now been published. Exhibition publications are available at the Gallery Himmelblau, Tampere Art Museum and Culture House Laikku. Publishers: Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere Art Museum, CICAT2025 & Tampere University of … Read More

Sjoerd Knibbeler wins the First Prize by the Majaoja Foundation at Backlight2020
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Dutch artist Sjoerd Knibbeler wins the First Prize by the Majaoja Foundation. The Second Prize is awarded jointly to artist/researcher Chirag Jindal (New Zealand) and artist AlbaZari (Italy-Thailand). The third prize is awarded to video artist Saana Wang (Finland).  The Majaoja Prize … Read More

Majaoja prizes of the Backlight2020 will be nominated in the festival opening
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The Majaoja Prize is awarded by the Majaoja Foundation , who invited the open call jury of Backlight2020 to nominate the three winners. The jury, Ariane Koek (UK), Maija Tammi (Finland) Hannu Vanhanen (Finland) and Lars Willumeit (Switzerland), have nominated the artists for … Read More

Artists for Visual Catalysts Exhibition announced
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The Visual Catalysts – is the special exhibition of the Backlight Photo Festival 2020. The exhibition will take place September 26 – October 18th, 2020 at the Tampere, Culture House Laikku -art space.  Through their works in the Visual Catalysts -exhibition, the … Read More

Artists for Space Works exhibition announced
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The Space Works is one of the main exhibitions of the Backlight2020 Photo Festival. The exhibition will take place September 12–November 8, 2020 at the Tampere Art Museum in Finland.  The Space Works explores and tests our relationship with outer space. It … Read More

Artists for Related Realities exhibition announced
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The Backlight Photo Festival is one of the oldest and largest international photography festivals in Northern Europe. The 16th edition of the Backlight triennial is the most extensive ever and will be held at Tampere, Finland from September 4 to November 8, 2020.  The Backlight2020 artists … Read More

COVID-19 Update from Backlight2020

Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere Art Museum, Gallery Himmelblau and Cultural House Laikku are all closed from 17th March until 13th April 2020 according to the decision of the Finnish government. This action is taken to prevent the spreading of the … Read More

Artists for Backlight2020’s Related Realities exhibition have been selected

We have the great pleasure to announce that the artists for the Backlight2020 International Photo Festival have been selected.   We received well over 600 applications in the open call for the Related Realities exhibition. Our international curatorial team selected 23 artists to whom we have … Read More

Backlight2020 in
Culture House Laikku

The venue of the Backlight2020’s Visual Catalysts exhibition is Culture House Laikku. The house was built in 1925 and it was originally the first main library in Tampere. The name Laikku originates from the old-fashioned word Lainasto used by people … Read More

Special Call of Visual Catalyst exhibition deadline has been continued until February 29th

Good news for 2020! By international request the Special Call of Visual Catalyst exhibition deadline has been continued till the end of February 29 th, 2020. We want to explore possibilities for making artworks which engage the challenges of consumer … Read More

The Special Call is now open!

The Backlight 2020 Special Call, curated by adjunct professor and artist Juha Suonpää in cooperation with CICAT2025-project, has now opened with theme ”New Visual Language Catalysts”! Apply at opencall.fi.

Backlight2020 in
Gallery Himmelblau

The main venue of the Backlight2020’s Related Realities exhibition is Gallery Himmelblau.  Gallery Himmelblau is located in the historical Finlayson cotton mill area of the Tampere city center. Himmelblau has two exhibition spaces: the first hall has installation wall length … Read More

New logo for Backlight 2020!

AD Jesper Vuori has made a new logo for the Backlight2020 Photo Festival. Here you can see the animated logo for the first time! Jesper is a Finnish creative director and strategist. He has an extensive background in visual design and … Read More

Backlight 2020 open call jury

We are proud to introduce the international jury for the Backlight ´20 open call: Ariane Koek is an internationally active British producer, curator, consultant and writer – and “a recognized world leader in the field of science and art” (Andrea Bandelli Director … Read More

The call is OPEN for Backlight 2020

Backlight 2020 Backlight Photo Festival is one of the oldest and largest international photography festivals in Northern Europe. Organised once every three years by the Photographic Centre Nykyaika in the city of Tampere, Finland, Backlight exhibits contemporary photography of social … Read More

Related Realities – Photography meets science and new technologies

The 16th Backlight Photo Festival triennial stays true to its pioneering spirit in announcing the theme for the upcoming 2020 festival: Related Realities – Photography meets science and new technologies. The festival creators have as their ambition for Related Realities … Read More

Listening to the Sound of the Shell
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  Hampus Andersson (SE), Frederik Danielsen (DK), Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir (IS), Nayab Noor Ikram (FI), Hertta Kiiski (FI), Sonja Margrét Ólafsdóttir (IS), Inanna Riccardi (DK), Haakon Sand (NO), Inga Skålnes (NO), Peter Stridsberg (SE) Curator: Minttu Ypyä (FI) 31.8.-24.9.2018 at Nykyaika, … Read More

Backlight Master Class II -Master Class with Elina Brotherus in Nida, Lithuania
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  Backlight organizes its first international Master Class in collaboration with Lithuanian Photographers Association during NIDA International Photography Symposium in Lithuania. This Master Class provides three days workshop lead by Elina Brotherus. The participants are encouraged to extend their stay in … Read More