Impressions from Finland

The photo exhibition “Impressions from Finland” can be seen in the Finno-Ugric Studies Department Library in Vienna until June 14th

May 23rd, 2024
Alice Gnappa, News from Berlin
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On 13 May, the photo exhibition "Impressions from Finland: Exhibition with photographs by Jennifer Hruby" was opened in the Finno-Ugric Studies Departmental Library, in cooperation with the Finno-Ugric Studies Department of the Institute of European and Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies of the University of Vienna and the Embassy of Finland in Austria.

The photo exhibition shows a selection from the work of Jennifer Hruby from Linz, who captures moments of her encounter with the Finnish landscape and culture. Parts of the exhibition were already exhibited two years ago in the Brucknerhaus in Linz. At that time, the embassy decided to acquire some of the paintings and turn them into a traveling exhibition. It took some time to get to that point. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies, the exhibition can now be seen in the Library of Finno-Ugric Studies in Vienna until 14 June.

"In my pictures, some of which are created with meticulous planning, some simply out of the coincidence of the moment, I try to take home what catches my eye on site. This exhibition shows a selection of motifs from Finland that want me to travel back to this country sooner rather than later. Behind every photo is a story, an adventure, an unforgettable moment or a certain feeling – usually that of freedom that only exists in the north. This allows me to preserve a little bit of Finland with all its memories and bring it back from my travels," says Hruby.

On display are pictures that show the vast, Finnish nature as well as exciting encounters in all seasons: reindeer, northern lights, seemingly endless forests, without forgetting the idyllic, red summer cottage - the place of longing for many Finns.

After her second trip to Finland, Hruby was pleased to realize "that it will probably take a few more visits to grasp all facets of this country."

"But be careful: these are wonderful shots that can easily make us Finns feel homesick," said Ambassador Nina Vaskunlahti, who opened the exhibition.


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