Backlight ´14 reached more than 19 000 visitors

Backlight ´14 Photo Festival exceeded the targeted visitor amount. During four months the festival reached over 19 000 spectators in Tampere region, Finland.

Backlight'14_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala
Backlight’14_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala

The festival consisted of 10 different exhibitions with 64 artists from 23 countries in total. Most of the exhibitions were held during September-October; last show ended 4th January 2015 at Tampere Art Museum.


The festival´s main events and Symposium were held 5th -12th Sept. 2014. The symposium consisted of artist talks, portfolio reviews, workshop, studia generalia lectures, festival club as well as photo screenings from other European photo festivals and organizers. The pedagogical program reached 200 participants. In addition of the official Symposium the partners organized sideline program during the exhibitions.



The festival structure is ensured by wide-ranging cooperation



The international Backlight Photo Festival is organized by the Photographic Centre Nykyaika. Festival is held every third year; 2014 was the 10th edition of the triennial. Wide cooperation with various institutions makes it possible for Nykyaika, which is a non-profit organization. Backlight ´14 cooperation partners in 2014 were:

Tampere Art Museum

Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

Aperture Foundation

Paris Photo

Voipaala Art Center

Tehdassaaren Tuki

Sara Hildén Academy

Tampereen University, Tampere Peace Research Institute

Tampereen University, School of Communication, Media and Theatre

INTAC (International Art Collaborations) from Universities on Applied Sciences in Tampere, Seoul, Toronto and Berlin

Cultural Centre Telakka

Arthouse Cinema Niagara

The Festival of Political Photography

Tampere Region Festivals

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The main funding institutions for Photographic Centre Nykyaika (Backlight ´14) were Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Tampere, The Finnish Cultural Foundation´s Pirkanmaa Regional Fund, National Council for Photographic Art. Other financial supporters for the festival actions were Tampere Art Museum, Frame Visual Art Finland, Embajada de España en Helsinki, Institut français de Finlande, Deutsches Kulturzentrum Tampere, Embassy of Slovenia, Embassy of Israel and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Finlandia.

Backlight'14_Holding Cohesion_Artworks by Kristin Capp_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala
Backlight’14_Holding Cohesion_Artworks by Kristin Capp_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala


Backlight ´14 explored the forces and binds holding societies, communities, families and friends together and apart through photography.



Holding Cohesion


TR1 Kunsthalle 6th Sept. – 5th Oct. 2014

Voipaala Art Center 6th Sept. – 16th Nov. 2014

Gallery Ronga 30th Aug. – 18th Sept. 2014

Gallery Koppelo 1st Sept. – 27th Sept. 2014

distribution cabinets in the streets  1st Sept. – still continues 2015


Shared Reality


Tampere Art Museum 6th Sept.2014 – 4th Jan. 2015


Backlight'14_Shared Reality_artworks by Lalla Essaydi_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala
Backlight’14_Shared Reality_artworks by Lalla Essaydi_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala




The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

TR1 Kunsthalle (Vooninki gallery)  2nd Sept. – 21st Sept. 2014



Gallery Rajatila 13th Sept. – 30th Sept. 2014



Art Center Mältinranta 13th Sept. – 30th Sept. 2014


Backlight ´14 Video Factory

Factory 108, Nokia 17th Sept. – 3rd Oct. 2014


Power, together

Gallery Emil, studio 6th Sept. – 28th Sept. 2014



Public spaces 1st Sept. – 14th Sept. 2014


Backlight'14_PhotoBookAwards_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala
Backlight’14_PhotoBookAwards_Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala