MARTTI JÄMSÄ
Dance hall
1.9.2007 – 23.9.2007

Mäntsälä dance hall from series Gaze, 1980
silver gelatin print
40 x 50 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

 MARTTI JÄMSÄ

In the early 1980s, the rock and disco scenes and Helsinki urban life in particular were topics of great interest to Finnish photographers. What makes Martti Jämsä's photographs from that time so unique is that he took them almost exclusively in the remotest dance venues and rock festivals in the Finnish countryside, where local youths partied on Saturday nights. He trained his lens not on the performers but on the audience; the teddy boys and the fans of the Finnish new wave. Young at just over twenty years old himself he felt that he and his cameras belonged - and were accepted.

The resulting series of black and white photographs and colour photo panoramas tells of the hair, fashion, language and behaviour of that time. The new exhibition contrasts them with large architectural photographs in colour taken last summer at the same, now empty, venues he once visited. These images are like stages that need people to bring out their essence. The exhibition shows how layers of meaning build up in old photographs and how, by placing them in new contexts, they can be created afresh.

Rauli Heino

Siirry sivun alkuun
jamsa/2007/Aulavan_lava_Aulava_1985

Aulava dance hall, Alavus, 1985
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Esakallio_Somero_1982

Esakallio dance hall, Somero, 1982
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Helsinki_1987

Helsinki, 1987
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Vuonteensilta_Valkeakoski_1

Vuolteensilta, Valkeakoski, 1984
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Mantsalan_lava_Mantsala

Mäntsälä dance hall, 1988
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Kolmilammi_Hausjarvi_1983

Kolmilammi, Hausjärvi, 1983
C-print
41 x 84 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Sarkan_lava

Särkkä dance hall, 2007
C-print
120 x 146 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Mantsalan_lava

Mäntsälä dance hall, 2007
C-print
120 x 145 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Mantsalan_lava_2

Mäntsälä dance hall, 2007
C-print
120 x 146 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Jamsan_Pavi_2007

Jämsän pavi, 2007
C-print
120 x 145 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Sarjasta_katse_Mantsalan_la

Mäntsälä dance hall from series Gaze, 1980
silver gelatin print
40 x 50 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

jamsa/2007/Mikrofoni_Askisto_1988

Askisto, 1988
silver gelatin print
40 x 50 cm
edition 5 + 2AP

 
 
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