FREEDOM IS PRICELESS – VIIKKO VANKILASSA

Photography Anton Reenpää

Roosa Murto

Felix Damski, 22, vietti viikon vankilassa, koska hän kieltäytyi siviilipalveluksesta juuri ennen sen loppua. Turpaan ei tullut, mutta hampaaton murhamies, huumeneulat ja kinkku kasvisruokana tulivat Sörnäisten vankilassa tutuiksi.

Saavun porteille suuressa poliisisaattueessa. Olo on huvittunut. Seinäkalenterissa tyttö istuu puolialastomana moottoripyörän päällä, kun minusta otetaan vankilarekisterikuva.

Monien lukittujen ovien ja porttien jälkeen hämmästyn: Sörnäisten vankila on aivan älyttömän hieno rakennus. Sisäpihat ovat valtavia ja käytävät labryrinttimaisia.

Kättelen innokkaasti vartijaa ja sanon kuuluvalla äänellä oman nimeni. Hän tiedustelee, olenko kännissä. Kun vaatteita luovuttaessa vitsailen ja pyydän likaisia sukkiani pestynä takaisin, pamppua ei naurata. Vankilatyyli on aika hip hop. Boksereiden yhteen lahkeeseen mahtuisi kaksi jalkaa ja mekkoa joku saattaa kutsua t-paidaksi.

Saan kuulla, että sellitoverini on kaksimetrinen kongolainen homo, kohta on ruoka ja tervemenoa lusimaan. Sellissä odottaa leppoisa talousrikollinen. Hän laittaa kahvit tulille ja tarjoaa kääretorttua. Lue loppuun

DOG LOVE

Lauri Kolttola
Toistaiseksi nimetön (yksityiskohta) 2013

Tania Nathan

There is a wedge of sunlight across the grass. In it a dog sits grinning. Her friends are running around the fenced doggy park, tails waving as they bark and play. Their owners stand around, laughing and chatting. Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this idyllic scene is taking place somewhere in the rolling hills of Tuscany. But it’s not – instead it’s happening in a grimy corner of Sörnainen, where two main streets bisect and trams kick up dust clouds as cars roar past filling the air with fumes. Yet this gathering of dog owners is simply one of the many that takes place in the numerous dog parks that dot the cityscape of Helsinki, a city not known for random conversation – nor for tranquility. Puppy love has conquered the city.

Why – in this Nordic country, of ice, faceless forests and hostile elevator silences – do dogs of all sizes reign supreme? Ask any dog owner why they would invite a four-legged family member (never is a dog referred to as an animal in this country) to share the precious square meters of their tiny studio apartments and their otherwise clean, orderly and precise lives, and the answer is simple. Love. To come home to smiling face, to go to a park and chase squirrels for an hour, or to have dinner with a creature that utterly adores you and never complains that it’s chicken again. It is a love that demands no love back, it is an unfussy, definition-free zone where there are no actions required, no grand gestures and no threats of breakups or messy divorces.

In the grand old neighborhood of Ullalinna that curves around the coastline of Helsinki, mornings are also homage to the area’s four legged residents. The rascals and darlings trot the streets for their morning constitutionals, greet each other somberly and allow their owners to ask politely after Pippa’s health or Rufus’s obedience lessons. Never mind that they don’t know each others names – yet know the intricacies of Hupi’s house training and Mosse’s stomach ailments. Ullalinna is also home to two doggy daycares, set up to provide much needed socialization for those long hours when owners sadly must work to keep Fifi in milkbones. A friend once said that if he could choose, it would be to live as a dog in Finland – a grand existence. But as I sit in my favorite café, I watch a tiny, mischievous poodle flit from table to table, standing on his hind legs to investigate. I laugh and in response he turns, offering a quick wink before skittering off in search of his owner. Ah, to know puppy love? There’s an even grander existence. <3

PROFILE OF AN ACTIVIST

 

Photography Marko Rantanen

The purpose of their work is to think, and to act. Even the smallest actions are important These agents of change are bold, innovative and fearless . They deeply love what they do.

 

Photography Marko Rantanen Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

TUULA HALÈN, Banker and Vintage Art & Design Lover

”Intohimonani on kerätä vintage -vaatteita, design-huonekaluja sekä taidetta aina vuosisadan alusta tähän päivään saakka. Vuosikymmenillä tai suunnittelijoilla ei ole minulle merkitystä. Tärkeintä on, että rakastan tuotetta. Olen kasvanut musiikin, taiteen ja designin keskellä. Isäni oli taiteen harrastaja. Hän rakensi viuluja samalla kuin äitini kiillotti tanskalaisia designhuonekalujamme. Perustamani VirgoFlow; Store ja Garage Gallery ovat vastapainoa pankkityölleni.”<3  www.virgoflow.com 

 

Ossi_Hurttila

Photography Marko Rantanen Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

OSSI HURTTILA, Entrepreneur and Founder of Overboard Ltd

”Kipinä tuli vanhemmiltani, kun olin 13 -vuotias ja päätin perustaa skeittikaupan. Idea lähti harrastuksestani. Lopulta saimme tuotteita myyntiin Santaco Sportilta ja oli mielenkiintoista nähdä miten pärjään. Overboard oli vuodesta 2002 nettikauppa. Me koodasimme ensimmäisten joukossa ostoskorijärjestelmän, koska veljeni Simo osasi tehdä sen. Nyt liikevaihtomme on noin miljoona euroa. Intohimona on edelleen skeitti – ja koko alan kehittäminen.”<3  www.overboard.fi

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IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Slava Mogutin_Marko Shiva

Slava Mogutin

Slava Mogutin is a New York based Russian artist and author, exiled from Russia for his outspoken writings and activism. And it’s this rich bicultural literary and dissident background that informs his work. Mogutin’s diverse themes range from displacement and identity, transgression and disfiguration of masculinity and gender crossover, and urban youth subcultures.

For over a decade Mogutin has been known for a photographic body of work that ranges from highly stylized, iconographic images to portraits of rare boldness and honesty. Lushly colored images test connections between the descriptive clarity of photography and the haze of memory. Layered shots of people and nature come together and seem to blend into or grow out of nature itself.

Throughout the exploration of the formal aspects of his work, Mogutin continues to look for other ways to use the camera as a voyeuristic tool. He explores the character and emotion of his subjects and simultaneously exposes their insecurities and vulnerabilities. The pictures’ success lies in the fact that Mogutin continues to tell stories of real people and real experiences, and that, throughout his work, he remains a true poet.<3

”I’ve always enjoyed breaking taboos and stereotypes.I think that’s what real art is about, and I’ve paid my dues for expressing myself in the most radical and honest way.” www.slavamogutin.com

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR

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Tiitus Petajäniemi
Suuri tomaatti 2013

Gerald Steinmetz

Hamlet lists “the Pain of Despised Love” as the worst of life’s burdens, along with ageing, the oppressor’s wrong, the law’s delay, and the insolence of office. What is this thing called Love? It has been defined by God, priests, poets, Freud, pop stars – even the market – as being generally a good thing. In our day we tend to believe the biologists. Love is a brief flirtation with madness.

It could be argued that we do not take many risks when our hearts hook up. The loved one is usually of the same social group and well within our standards of attractiveness. We do not try to get off with a Hugh Jackman or a Katie Cassidy. Still, the girls of our heart’s desire seem towers of desire swaying on five-inch heels, gorgeous legs right up to the start of their strumpet shorts, a décolleté like a bungee jump, diamond-studded nostrils, mascara and eyelashes as false as a phony Monet. (You probably think this piece is about you, you’re so vain). Guys by comparison look feeble in their covering of tattoos, or their grim suit and tie (hardly changed in a century). Amazing that we ever succeed at all.

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