A documentation of the artisan and artist community of Fiskars
The idea of the project was to create a documentation of the unique village of Fiskars, located in southern Finland. The village of 500 inhabitants is home to nearly a hundred artists and artisans. A dozen of young photographers, mainly of Finnish nationality but backed up with a couple of international participants, gathered in a photography workshop in Fiskars from 17 to 24 July 2004.
The practical documentation project focused on following life and work in the artisan and artist community. The theme of the workshop was details: the participants aimed at finding small particles - colors, shapes, patterns, surfaces, faces - essential to the personality of Fiskars and its inhabitants. During the workshop collaboration with the people of Fiskars was intensive and the life of the village was documented in its many forms.
The aim of the project was to make a documentation presented in the form of the art of photography, combine different viewpoints and work contributions into one piece of art. At the same time it’s a research of different ways of living as an artist.
An exhibition was held from 20 November to 31 December 2004 in Restaurant Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland. The Internet-part is shown on the Euphoria Borealis ry homepage.
The leaders of the project were Lasse Lecklin and Kati Pietarinen. The event was part of activities of Euphoria Borealis, which is a Finnish audio/visual association founded in 2000.
Partners of the project were: Fiskars artists co-operative and village inhabitants. Finnish Cultural Foundation – Foundation of Uusimaa. Fotoyks. Superkuva Kallioniemi. Forum of European Journalism Students (FEJS). PAND – Artists for Peace. NISI MASA. The event had photographer Juhani Niiranen as a godfather.