The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, with world-wide celebrations. Finland Center Foundation is proud to present the exhibit by Victoria Schultz: ON A SUMMER ISLAND IN THE GULF OF FINLAND; part of Finland 100NYC events in New York this fall.
Ms. Schultz often includes text in her photographs. The quotes in the six pictures on display at the Chase Manhattan Bank come from THE SUMMER BOOK, short novel by Tove Jansson, the Finnish-Swedish author, painter, and creator of the Moomin characters. (Available in English from New York Review Books Classics.)
“In August of 2011, I spent a week on Klovharu, a tiny island in the outer archipelago that dots the southern coastline of Finland. The cottage Jansson had built there is now an artist’s residence. While on Klovharu I read THE SUMMER BOOK for the first time. It reminded me of my own childhood summers on another remote island in the Gulf of Finland. With colored chalk I found in Jansson’s cabin I wrote snippets from the book on the bare cliffs. Then I photographed ‘staged but true’ moments with the feel of wind and sea and craggy rocks all around”, says Ms. Schultz.