As part of our Nation's 100 year anniversary in 2017, Mission of Finland is hosting an exhibition from three Finnish masters of photography ranging from the 1930s until the 1970s. In these pictures you can see the range of life from different spheres of nation building; you see design, industry, nature, luxury and poverty. This is a story - a story of a nation.
Finland is by no means a perfect, “Finished” country. As every nation, also we have things to develop and to improve. We have committed ourselves to the Sustainable Development goals, to become greener, more equal, fairer country.
This exhibition, ‘MOMENTS in The Building of a Nation – Finland 100 years 2017’, opens at the United Nations, just behind the General Assembly Hall where all member states come to discuss the future of our common world. But this exhibition also reminds us that it is equally important to remember where we come from.
Finland became a successful welfare nation in just 100 years, by following the values we share with the United Nations: equality, free quality education for all, sustainable development, human rights and human dignity. While displaying the path of Finland to become a welfare state, this exhibition is also a strong testimony to the Agenda 2030.
In the exhibition you can see the work of three master photographers spanning from the early 1930s until 1970s. Heikki Aho (1895-1961) and Björn Soldan (1902-1953) were pioneers of Finnish photography and film. In 1924 they established their legendary company Aho & Soldan which became the dynamo of the cinematic arts in Finland.
Aho & Soldan produced well over four hundred documentary films, whilst creating a visual image of Finland to the world. Their entire production opened up new perspectives on Finnish concepts of beauty, the history of everyday life and the industrialization processes in society. They were two of the most influential constructors of the modern image of Finland.
Heikki Aho´s daughter Claire Aho (1925-2015), sometimes titled “The Grand Old Lady of Finnish Photography”, joined Aho & Soldan in the late 1940s as a documentary filmmaker. Having also opened her own commercial studio she became a pioneer of Finnish colour photography and was especially active in the 1950s and 1960s. Brightly coloured, formally inventive and full of wit, her photographs capture a distinctive era in Finland’s history while maintaining contemporary vitality and relevance.
The exhibition MOMENTS at the United Nations Headquarters is a sample of their prolific and versatile production and a celebration of their life´s work spanning half a century.
Exhibition will be open at Delegates Entrance, UNHQ, from 13 to 24 February 2017.