Monday, 1 July 2019

Tampere Dok on yhdeksän tamperelaisen valokuvataiteilijan näkemys Tampereen murroksesta. Kaupunkimme kokee ennennäkemättömän kasvoleikkauksen. Osa perinteisestä kaupungista katoaa uuden ja ultramodernin tieltä. Ensimmäinen Tampere Dokin näyttely nähtiin toukokuussa 2019 Saksan Chemnitzissä. Nykyajan näyttely on toinen ja uudistunut versio monivuotisesta dokumenttiprojektistamme. Seuraavaksi projekti jatkuu syksyllä Pyynikintorin työmaa-aidoissa, joihin tulee mennyttä ja tulevaa yhdistäviä Tampere Dok -kuvia. Tuleeko Tampereesta Suomen seuraava metropoli? Uusi raitiotie Hervannasta Pyynikintorille tunkeutuu läpi kaupunginosien ja keskustan kuin sykkivä verisuoni. Liikkennejärjestelyjen lisäksi Tampereelle nousee uusia kaupunginosia ja kansihankkeen jälkeen kaupungin ydinkeskustassa – downtownissa – siintelee mahtipontiset pilvenpiirtäjät ja Hakametsän jäähallin korvaava monitoimiareena. Valokuvaajina visioimme kukin omasta näkökulmastamme kaupungin muutosprosessia, jonka deadline on pitkällä tulevaisuudessa.

Susanna Myllylä: Dark City
I wander around the city during the dark hours, observing its dim lights from the shadows, where I feel safe. This photography series has been inspired by a sci-fi noir movie Dark City by Alex Proyas. In the film, while the residents sleep at night, mystical aliens reorganize the city physically, which in turn, changes people’s identities and memories. Tampere currently lives in a liminal state; in a process towards an imagined metropolis. Old place-based meanings are gradually vanishing under the rapid makeover process. Is there space for organic urban development by citizens? What kind of city identity is generated, has yet to be seen.
I keep on walking.

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Photography exhibition "Rabbit Hole", Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, August 2018 and Valkeakoski city library March 2019.
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Altered Landscape I
Rabbit Hole -photography project examines how an ordinary Pirkanmaa (Southern Finland) citizen involuntarily becomes an environmental activist, defending his/her civil rights and cultural environment. When familiar forests are logged and turned into a gold drilling area, local roads are turned to busy truck routes, and rivers and agricultural fields become dumping grounds for industrial wastewater—what is to be done? Currently a regional administrative transition is taking place in which the responsibility for environmental protection is being shifted onto citizens. At an individual level, this triggers an expanding and never-ending process in which the citizen encounters a Kafkaesque environmental administration and a multinational corporation’s tactics. In an environmental conflict situation, diverse narratives compete against each other, and the facts depend on the specific context in which they emerge. In the activist’s widening perception, local experiences are gradually linked with national and global problems, encompassing a universal environmental concern.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

MIKROMUOVIT VESISTÖISSÄ (Microplastics in seas and lakes)

22 March 2018 - We need a specific regional Microplastics Agenda (in Finnish)

Microplastics have been accumulating to our lakes during the last 60-100 years. It is now time to halt this silent micropollution by strengthening water protection measures that overlap diverse societal and administrative sectors.  


My photojournalistic report from the Greek Cycladic Islands in 2016 (in Finnish)

Fall 2017: Several global news highlight that the microplastics have invaded to our drinking water and even to the sea salt. In the Cycladic islands all kinds of plastics are fragmented into tiny pieces due to sun. Waterfronts that are not used as tourist beaches, contain a lot of plastic materials and other rubbish.

Saturday, 29 October 2016


Received a photography scholarship from Majaoja-säätiö for a project related to the lake protection in Tampere 

Friday, 28 October 2016


Participating to CONTEMPHOTO'15 - II. International Visual Culture and Contemporary Photography Conference on Urban Identities, organized by the Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center (DAKAM), Istanbul - My photography presentation was about Youth, livelihoods and spaces in the kebele settlements of Addis Ababa.