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Hertta Kiiski & Niina Vatanen - Kehrerverlag Heidelberg


Hertta Kiiski and Niina Vatanen Golden Thread Gallery, Belfas
03.07.– 26.07.2014

Niina Vatanen
C/O Berlin
January – March 2015

Selected title German Photo Book Award 2015

Hertta Kiiski & Niina Vatanen
Archive Play

This book is a playful, tentative and imaginative exploration into the photographic archive as generator of multiple meanings and plentiful source of inspiration.
The bodies of work, Present (Thank You Helvi Ahonen) by Hertta Kiiski and Archival Studies / A Portrait of an Invisible Woman by Niina Vatanen, were created as a response to the Helvi Ahonen collection, housed at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The 5,000 negatives that make up the original collection tell a touching story about the amateur photographer Helvi Ahonen’s life, with all its joys and sorrows.
Archive Play is a joint effort between the curator Mirjami Schuppert and the artists Hertta Kiiski and Niina Vatanen. While it is a culmination of an intensive research and collaboration project, the documentation of the exhibition Glimpses of the Unattainable (Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, spring 2014), it also is an independent work on its own. To accompany the photographs, a further interpretative layer is created by a fictional story written by Monika Fagerholm, an esteemed Finnish author.

Authors: Mirjami Schuppert, Monika Fagerholm
Artists: Hertta Kiiski, Niina Vatanen

Designed by Kehrer Design
17 x 22,5 cm
80 pages
31 color ills.
ISBN 978-3-86828-588-8
Euro 19,90