Jouko Lehtola
5 Jun – 6 Sep 2009

Turku Art Museum is proud to present Jouko Lehtola’s exhibition in the Studio. It consists of works from the series Finnish View and End of Innocence. Jouko Lehtola (b.1963) became a household name in the late 1990’s via his images of adolescent life in the unruly Finnish summer nights. Iseries told straightforward stories and had their precursor in Lehtola’s earlier rock concert photos of musicians. Lehtola is exceptionally talented portrayer which is a result of his candid participation with his ‘objects’.
After photographing several years the life of young people Lehtola became interested in inanimate objects and places. Even there he chose to be unconventional and depicted places with roughly brutal histories. Heroin overdose locations, places of domestic violence and holding cells in police stations became his subjects. Candidly verbal are also the images of crash cars. Even without seeing the injured persons we nevertheless sense their presence. This ominous presence is also potent in Lehtola’s ‘faceless’ portraits. Hooded law-breakers have avoided bad deeds which becomes clear from the title; A man who has not once beaten his wife in 19 years 8 months and 7 days of their relationship. Pictures of nature are also integral part of Finnish View series. Our nature with its ice cold wind provides nevertheless a colourful setting for plants and animals.

Exhibition contains also not so innocent works from the series End of Innocence. In these images we are encountered with people dressed in sadomasochistic regalia calmly facing the camera. Lehtola’s photos strip even us – if only metaphorically. Reality behind these somewhat distressing images is just that: a reality surrounding us all.

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