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 Catalyst 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

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

Siauliai Museum of Photography – Independence Through the Lenses
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The last exhibition of the Independence Through the Lenses opened just after our 100th birthday. Warm welcome to the exhibition at Siauliai Photography Museum in Siauliai, Lithuania. This entity will show series of Juha Arvid Helminen, Sara Hornig, Riitta Päiväläinen, … Read More

Juha Suonpää and Juuso Westerlund at Photoport, Bratislava
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Tonight at Photoport, Bratislava Juuso Westerlund, Jackpot and Juha Suonpää, Holy Melancholy (video installation). Photoport is already the sixth stop of the tour Independence Through the Lenses. Juha Suonpää will be present at the opening tonight from 7pm.

Boundaries of Independence at Tampere Art Museum
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-Last weekend!     No matter whether individual, common or national–independence is a value. It is a desirable recognition, a sign of capability, coping, survival and strength–a matter of honour. It is an achievement whose sovereignty is admired and whose … Read More

Latvian Museum of Photography hosting the next Independence Through the Lenses -exhibition
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Our tour is slowly heading back towards the home region… Latvian Museum of Photography in Riga will be hosting Independence Through the Lenses until December with works from Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Riitta Päiväläinen, Harri Pälviranta and Juha Suonpää. Artists Pälviranta and … Read More