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Finnish Photographer Terhi Asumaniemi Exhibit Opens June 7th

Terhi Asumaniemi:  Mindscapes – Forest Narratives

June 7 to July 20
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.

HANCOCK, MI €“Finlandia University Gallery will present the work of Finnish visual artist Terhi Asumaniemi. Mindscapes – Forest Narratives, a photography exhibit will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from June 7 to July 20, 2018.

An opening reception for the public will take place at the gallery on Thursday, June 7th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with an artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  The Dawn 2017, Pigment print by Terhi Asumaniemi

Photographing the changing forests and mire landscapes of Southern Finland, Terhi Asumaniemi examines our relationship with nature and how it is shaped by the cultural attitudes of the times and the moral and spiritual connections humans have with the environment. As forest industry has expanded in Finland, the forests of the artist€™s childhood look different and mysterious to her now. Her poetic landscapes delve deeply into the interwoven relationship of humans and their environment.

€œMy own roots are in the rugged deep forests of Southern Finland,€ says Asumaniemi. €œAccording to research and oral tradition this area was in olden times inhabited by a mythical, indigenous people, which has been characterized as €™the Sami people€™ of the South. This vanished folk lived in the wooded areas up to the start of the modern age eventually blending into the main population. These days there is dispute about their real origin (about who they really were), however, they still live on in stories and legends.€

  The artist Terhi Asumaniemi

€œIn my work I follow old stories deep into the forest where the real landscapes meet the way others describe, comprehend, and interpret their life-worlds resulting in various states of mind,€ continues Asumaniemi. €œThe creatures of the forest show themselves in the firelight, the ancient sea washes the rocks of the water spirits and the wanderer is lead to the expansive mire landscapes by those who watch over the deer.€

  Midsummer Magic by Terhi Asumaniemi

Asumaniemi lives and works in Tampere, Finland.€€She received an MA in photography and visual journalism from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland (2012), and a BA degree from Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1998).

Asumaniemi`s work has been exhibited in solo exhibits in Finland, the Netherlands and Estonia and has been displayed in numerous group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. She has received grants from Frame Contemporary Art Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and the Arts Council of Pirkanmaa. She served as Chairman of the Board of the Photographic Centre Nykyaika from 2014-2017.

   Birdsong by Terhi Asumaniemi

Terhi Asumaniemi:  Mindscapes – Forest Narratives will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery through July 20, 2018.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 906-487-7500


Photo captions:

Photo 1: The Dawn 2017, Pigment print by Terhi Asumaniemi

Photo 2: The artist Terhi Asumaniemi

Photo 3: Midsummer Magic by Terhi Asumaniemi

Photo 4: Birdsong by Terhi Asumaniemi