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6 May – 10 September 2023
Gertrude Bell and Meeri Koutaniemi: Hidden Freedom

Gertrude Bell, June 1900, Duris – Lebanon, GB/3/1/1/1/339, Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University.

The documentary works of Gertrude Bell (1868–1926) and Meeri Koutaniemi (b. 1987) come together in this summer exhibition. The British Gertrude Bell worked as an explorer, author, political officer, archaeologist and a spy in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bell is particularly known for her photographs and letters. Meeri Koutaniemi is a Finnish photographer, who depicts social themes and highlights human rights issues in her work. Both Bell and Koutaniemi have travelled around the Middle East and Asia, observing and photographing local events and people. This exhibition showcases documentation produced by the two photographers in the same countries in two different eras, and creates a dialogue between their works.

6 May –10 September 2023
Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: 101 for All

101 kaikkien puolesta, kuva: Tellervo Kalleinen ja Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

101 for All is an interactive media installation to which 30 divisive statements have been drawn from the public debate. One hundred people share their personal opinions, representing a statistical cross-section of the population of Finland. The video premiered approximately ten years ago. The exhibition at Salo Art Museum provides an opportunity to consider whether anything has changed. The intimate artwork gives a deep view into people’s experiences and how political decisions appear in their life.