2017 BACKLIGHT 17
Boundaries of Independence
2014 BACKLIGHT 14
Backlight Photo Festival 2014 continues the triennials tradition with focusing on social themes; relations between individuals, communities and societies. Backlight ´14 wants to provide thematically and functionally a platform for research and discussion about trust, and how trust and dependencies create tensions and shape cohesion in modern societies.
2011 BACKLIGHT 11
Migration and Nomadic Living
Backlight 2011 Photo Festival theme and working title has been “Migration and Nomadic Living in 21st Century – Rural Traditions and Urban Hypes”. Specialists in European countries incl. Russia were invited to nominate art- and documentary-positions, rooted in diverse cultural backgrounds and speaking authentic languages in order to stimulate an intercultural dialogue on Migration and Nomadic Living in 21st Century. Artists were also welcome to submit directly to Backlight.
2008 BACKLIGHT 08
The theme of Backlight 08 Photo Festival was Tickle Attack – surveying humour, laughter, irony, paradox and absurd in the means of fine art photography and documentary projects. Photographs and video-based projects of 56 artists were chosen for the international Backlight 08 Photo Festival. The exhibition was shared by various galleries and venues; opened to the public simultaneously across Europe: in Finland, Italy, Austria and Poland.
2005 BACKLIGHT 05
The keynote of Backlight2005 is on Contemporary European Photo-Art beginning with the 1970th, enriched i.e. by historical works of August Sander, 1930th-, Lewis Carroll, 1870th- and extended by contemporary documentaries on the theme of Childhood and Youth from Iran, Israel, USA and Mexico.
Videoclip from Backlight 2005
2002 BACKLIGHT 02
The global doors open – photography goes POPlatino. Critical authenticity, the theme of the event, refers to the ability to respond and to exercise critical responsibility in authentic situations of social and ethical urgency.
Marcos Lopez from Backlight 2002
1999 BACKLIGHT 99
Document & Identity
Backlight´s emphasis is against mainstream and opens a remarkable sequence of international exhibitions including classic photography, installation, sculpture, collage and projection.
Event theme in 1996 was Finnish Documentary . We had a major photography exhibition with 19 Finnish photoartits. In the seminar discussion there Raoul Grünstein, Asko Mäkelä and Inari Teinilä were conversating the situation of documentary aspect in photoart.
Morality & Religious
In 1993 we had workshops, the artists were Jashi Kleine from Germany and Heinz Cibulka from Austria. In that event there was the open discussion; NamNam 93, at the theme on Morality and Religious in Photography and Advertising (of Benetton).
In 1990 it was Danny Lyon from the US and Rifkhat Yakupov from the USSR who arrived to give lectures and teach in the workshops. Their exhibitions were displayd in Nykyaika. The theme was politically quite actual: East goes West.
Contemporary British Photography
The British photographers Martin Parr, Paul Graham and Vigtor Burgin were invited in 1987 as the first meeting`s guests in triennial of Nykyaika. Their show was arranged in cooperation with the Tampere Museum of Modern Art. The theme of the event was New British Photography.