Residence 2013


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Concentrate to the Quiet -blogpost and exhibition by Dennis DeHart

“A Sense of Place: Contemporary Finnish Photography” -exhibition, curated by Dennis DeHart. Finnish artists: Ilkka Halso; Marja Pirila; Laura Konttinen; Terhi Asumaniemi and Petri Nuutinen.

Domestic Drift by Clare Gallagher as Backlight artist representative at Circulation(s) in Paris, February-March 2014. Clare´s works in festival projections and in the Métro at Europe Station.


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Backlight Photo Festival organized a three weeks residence in Voipaala Art Center and the city of Tampere in August 2013.

The residence could have not been realized without the financial support from:
The Finnish Cultural Foundation
The Pirkanmaa Regional Fund Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional Office of Pirkanmaa
The College of Arts and Sciences/Department of Fine Arts, Washington State University
Voipaala Art Center
Thank you for the support to Backlight Residence 2013!

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Thank You for your interest!

Thank you for your interest towards our residence. We received 36 letters of interest on time. We have sent ”letter of interest received” email/other confirmation to the applicants. Please contact us by email if you sent us a letter but have not heard from us since. We will keep the applicants informed about the process directly by email.

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Would you like to become part of the next Backlight Photo Festival in process?

We are renewing the festivals structure and we would like to know what would you like to experience and gain from a photography festival? To figure out rewarding functions and possibilities and to strengthen up the forthcoming festivals theme we would like to invite four artists/professionals for three weeks stay on the countryside nearby Tampere, Finland in August 2013.

Backlight Photo Festival 2014 wants to strengthen the theme and contents of the next event with the presence of the possible co-operators and artists in an early stage. To do so Backlight is preparing international residence for photo-artists and professionals in Voipaala Art Centre about 40km from the city of Tampere. We are looking for four artists/professionals to work intensively around the festivals theme (widely understood as “trust”) with the festival organizer and each other.

Backlight residence consists of three weeks stay in Voipaala Art Centre and a short period in the city of Tampere. Residence artists are encouraged to participate in public events in the Art Centre i.e.g presenting their own work in process and to produce some material (short texts/ comments /snapshots) for the festivals blog. The residence aims to provide contacts and shared activities also with the local artists/operators in the art scene and to build up an outcome for the forthcoming Backlight Photo Festival 2014.

For further information please contact project manager: tuula.alajoki (at)

For more information about the festival and the theme

Voipaala Art Centre:

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