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Helsinki Photo Festival 2020 : Florence Montmare


Helsinki Photo Festival 2020 introduces a Swedish-American visual artist Florence Montmare with her homage to Ingmar Bergman, Scenes from an Island. The curated exhibition is set up in the summer yard of The National Museum of Finland and can be visited daily from 6am-9pm until September, 30th 2020. “No man is an island, entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” — Meditation XVII by John Donne The overarching theme of Scenes from an Island is the human condition of displacement and transience and elemental conditions of landscape where land meets water. This is played out against Ingmar Bergman’s mise-en-scène, the barren cinematic landscape on the remote island of Fårö, Sweden. There, natural elements are stripped down and laid bare, allowing a contemplation of the rocks and water to function as a mirror, and in reflection, you are able to see an essence of yourself. This work resonates even more now because of the circumstances that we have found ourselves in. Donne’s poem speaks about the idea of non-separation and connection. What started as a search...

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