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ANTTI HAAPIO: Segues

kuva6401 – 21 June 2013

MUU gallery

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. At the moment of the Big Bang, the universe was a dimensionless point. Its volume was zero and its temperature infinite. A moment later, as the universe expanded, the temperature dropped sharply to an estimated ten billion degrees. At that moment, the universe consisted of nothing but particles. As thermal radiation dropped and the universe continued to expand, particles began forming into elements (deuterium, helium, lithium, beryllium) and dark matter. After a few hours, the process ended and the universe entered a less turbulent phase of development that would continue for billions of years. New combinations of matter emerged, the universe continued to expand, some of the matter was compressed by gravitation and began spinning. Galaxies were born. That is how creation happened.

The real reality of the universe is beyond direct sensory perception. It is difficult to accept that time would have begun 13.81 billion years ago; it is impossible to understand that nothing existed beyond that point. Is it any more sensible to reflect upon what God might have done before the Big Bang, and how His time began?

What is time? How does time exist? Is it arrogant even to ask?

In Segue, Antti Haapio wonders what the passage of time can look like in photographs. Well, it is not much different from watching paint dry. Nevertheless the uniqueness of existence is fascinating, even when we have enough of it to squander.

The works on show in Muu gallery are Coincidences I and II, Event, Antti Haapio, Kaarina Haapio, Observatory, Slipover and 2002. Haapio has been putting together the visual material of the exhibition since 2002, when his previous long-term photographic project, Starat, ended.

The backbone of the exhibition comprises works in which one and the same thing has been photographed repeatedly in different moments in time. The pictures are set in a formal matrix to emphasise the equality of things.

Antti Haapio graduated as photographer from the Lahti Institute of Design in 1990. He works as lecturer in photography at the fine art degree programme in Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Haapio has been Chairman of the Board of Photographic Centre Nykyaika since 1993, and has participated in the organisation of the Backlight Photo Festival.