Exhibited 22 September - 8 October 2011 at the Beam Contemporary Gallery, Melbourne.
Suomi is a photographic exhibition that explores the interconnected relationships between people, places and the environment and the consequent interaction of society, space and nature. Landscape as a cultural construct is nature for the taking, to be tamed, framed and contained for human consumption. These photographs are an extension of Häggblom’s PhD research that visually documents Australian touristscapes and investigates what we - as visitors - physically and psychologically gain from touristic experiences. Häggblom spent three months on Suomenlinna, an island just off central Helsinki, in what is believed to be the coldest winter in 60 years and produced this new series of images. Although people don’t figure prominently within the whitewashed landscapes, the imagery hints at human habitation and evokes Häggblom’s isolation.