LUMO, the international triennial of photographic art, was founded at a time when photographic art began its journey towards its current position in the field of visual arts. The exhibition was created to explore physical and mental boundaries and possibilities of photography, and to study the borderline between photography and traditional forms of visual arts. The title of the first LUMO triennial, arranged in 1989, was The Boundaries of Photography, while the themes of the later exhibitions have been Space in Picture (1992), Memory – Thought – Hope (1995), Shadows (1998), and Passion (2001).
Years have distinctly shown the ever-changing nature of photographic art, and the LUMO triennials have outlined the interesting historical phase in which photographic art has developed into a central field of visual arts. The works and the artists of each LUMO exhibition have represented the current period and/or the future of photographic art. The artists invited to the exhibition from abroad have enjoyed worldwide recognition, and their exhibited works have dealt with topical themes in photographic art. Domestic artists have represented new trends in Finnish art. The following sixth LUMO triennial serves as an exception to the series of thematic exhibitions. As a 15th anniversary exhibition, LUMO 04 makes a return to the arch outlined by the past exhibitions and provides a look into the past and the present, and a view to the future.
One of the artists from every past LUMO exhibition has been invited to the upcoming triennial by the LUMO organizing group. This time, the search for the future of photographic art and the introduction of new artists is in the hands of the invited artists who were each asked to nominate an other artist whose work they regard as interesting and promising. In addition, there are two Finnish artists invited to participate in the exhibition. One of them is Jari Silomäki who was recently awarded with the Fotofinlandia prize and who also took part in the 2001 LUMO triennial. The LUMO organizing group has also decided to invite a student of photographic art graduating in the spring of 2004 on the basis of nominations by the Lahti Institute of Design, Turku Polytechnic, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
IN REGARD TO LUMO
The international photography triennial LUMO was first arranged in 1989.
The emphasis of the triennial is strongly on artistic photography and the event has thus managed to create its own character and place in the field of Finnish photography exhibitions.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there is a seminar arranged by the Centre for Creative Photography, Jyvaskyla University, and the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, in which the topics of the event are discussed.
The artists taking part in the exhibition will talk about their work in the seminar, as well as lead workshops.
Järjestäjät / Organizers
Jyväskylän taidemuseo, Luovan valokuvauksen keskus
Jyväskylä Art Museum, Centre for Creative Photography
Yhteys / Contact
Päivi-Marjut Raippalinna, Jyväskylä Art Museum
Tel +358 (0) 14 626 851, +358 (0) 50 323 1117 LUMO-työryhmä / LUMO organizing group