Introducing the Backlight residents

Dear friends of Backlight,

Let us introduce our lovely residents: Zoé Beausire, Nathalie Belayche, Dennis DeHart and Clare Gallagher who are staying with us in the Backlight residence in Voipaala Art Center, Sääksmäki, Finland for three weeks. During this time we will focus on the festival’s theme and possibilities with different structures and approaches within photography.

Zoé Beausire (b.1987) is a Swiss photographer living in Berlin. Her work is focused on documentary photography and how telling stories is a way of questioning reality. She published ”Rosette, Mauricette et Roby” with Kominek in 2012 and self-published ”Where the Birds Used to Sing” in 2013.

This residence is for me a great opportunity to increase my curatorial knowledge. It could really give me the opportunity to get experience in a field that I have always wanted to know better and to develop some future projects with the other residents.




Nathalie Belayche is an independent curator based in Paris. Her main focus is in contemporary photography. She collaborates with artists, galleries, international photography festivals, photobook publishers…

During the residence she is looking for sharing expertise, collaborating on future projects with other residents, developing new contacts within Finnish cultural institutions and artists, thinking about project involving Finnish photographers, setting up long term collaboration with Backlight Photography Festival….and experimenting with a sense of space and nature in Finland.






As a Backlight resident, Dennis DeHart is developing partnerships within the European network of photographers, festivals, organizations, and curators. As both a professional American artist/photographer and university professor, he is also learning about the role of the arts/photography and culture within the EU and Finland more specifically. As part of the residency he is developing new photographic works of art that draw from place based experiences. Specifically he is weaving together portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes into series of images that explore nature and culture.





Clare Gallagher (b.1978) is a photographer and lecturer from Northern Ireland. Her work explores the poetics of the everyday and expresses a belief in the ordinary, small, often overlooked moments and practices of daily life.