As part of the European Capital of Culture Essen für Ruhr 2010 project at the Bochum Art Museum will organise an art exhibition on Islamic art and culture. The exhibition will include a series of photographs of Muslim families living in the Ruhr area by Finnish photographer Tuomo Manninen. The project will extend into 2011 as Turku cooperates with Essen and Tuomo Manninen photographs immigrant families of different nationalities living in Turku.
No matter how individual we feel, we are still a part of several groups in our local society. These groups have an effect on us, whether we notice it or not. In the group, we take roles that reflect our personalities and our relationships with others in the group. The group is a miniature society. And the very first group everyone belongs to is the family.
The series of ten photographs will be made into an exhibition about people that are constantly in the public eye but whose voices are rarely heard. In addition to being photographed in their home environment, each family member has answered a series of questions by the photographer. These answers will shed light on their feelings, hopes and dreams.
‘Our Family’ is spread around Turku. The main exhibition venue consists of a 6-meter projection on the exterior wall of the Turku City Library. Thoughts of family members can also be seen on the SOK LED- screen at the Market Square, in Logomo, and on the city’s Line 1 buses.
Our Family, April 2 - 17, 2011