9 YEARS 11 MONTHS - Photographs of NYC after 9/11
Gallery Luova.fi September 2 - 25, 2011
Vernissage on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 5-7pm
Artist talk on Sunday September 11, 2011 at noon
Press conference on Thursday September 1, 2011 at 3-5pm
Gallery Luova.fi presents photographer Stina Snällström's documentary of the days, months and years post 9/11. The exhibition depicts life in New York after the catastrophic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and shows how the city has dealt with violence and grief. The photographs were taken between 2001 and 2005.
LONG STORY SHORT
Stina Snällström moved to New York for the first time in September 1993. It was love at first sight, no doubt. The first bombing of the WTC took place that same year.
"On that first occasion, my love affair with the city lasted for a year. I longed to be back, however, and returned to the city twice during the years that I studied photography. My love for the city remained strong during my absence, and so I decided to move back there more permanently in September 2000," photographer Stina Snällström describes her relationship with New York City.
September, September, September 11. 2001. Stina had been booked for a shoot at the Marriott Hotel in the WTC at 9am on Tuesday September 11, 2001. The original plan was amended, however, because the schedules of the person to be photographed, the journalist and the photographer were incompatible, and the shoot took place in the same location on the previous Sunday, 9 September 2001, at 3pm.
Stina Snällström worked as a photographer for Finnish newspapers in New York from 2000-2005. Only a fraction of her 9/11 material has been published. Stina's photographs have been seen in leading Finnish newspapers, such as Helsingin Sanomat, Ilta-Sanomat, Turun Sanomat, and Aamulehti.
Displayed at the exhibition are 33 prints, the largest of which measures 70x100cm and the smallest of which are 30x45cm in size. The pictures were selected from an archive of over 900 photographs (slides, colour and black-and-white material). In addition to photographs, the exhibition shows contemporary local newspapers and magazines (for example, NY Daily News, NY Times, The Observer, Village Voice, Newsweek, Time, People, New York Magazine, and American Photo). The photographer's personal mementos complement this touching exhibition.
Stina Snällström's academic and professional background:
- 1997 Degree in Photography / Turku School of Art and Communication, Turku
- 1993 High School graduation / Turun Suomalaisen Yhteiskoulun lukio
- 2011-present Production coordinator / TBWA Helsinki / SCREEN, Helsinki
- 2010-2011 Producer / Production Company Tuotanto Rinki, Helsinki
- 2009-2010 Security officer / Sol-Services, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
- 2008-2009 Production coordinator / Production company Nitro, Helsinki
- 2005-2008 Production coordinator / Production company Motel Royal, Helsinki
- 2000-2005 Freelance photographer/journalist / New York City
- 2001-2005 Office assistant / Finnish Cultural Institute in New York
- 2001-2005 Freelance assistant / New York City (photographers Kari Haavisto,
Dan Hallman, Annie Schlecter)
- 2000 Photographer / AD Agency L&M Saatchi & Saatchi, Turku
- 1999 Assistant photographer / Studio Fabian Björnstjerna, Stockholm
- 1998-1999 Producer / Studio Panx, Helsinki (photographers Marjo Tokkari,
Marica Rosengård, Kalle Helminen)
- 1997-1998 Assistant photographer / Studio Kalle Helminen, Helsinki
Press photographs: HYPERLINK "http://www.luova.fi/pressi.snallstrom.php"
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