Welcome to the exhibition opening in the presence of the artist Thursday 3 May from 6 to 8 pm. Live music at the opening!
At times, the reflection presented in a photograph seems to be far away, untouchable. Understanding a photograph is simultaneously straightforward and difficult because while a photograph is, strictly speaking, a piece of documentation, it is also a meaningful observation that has been torn from the world. An image of a blade of grass on snow is strictly what is looks like but, at the same time, it is also a black gash across a white background. Tuning in to the atmosphere dictated by the image is essential when viewing a photograph. Like a window, mirror or a screen, the photograph is a prisoner of its frames. Nevertheless, the photograph dictates what we see within its frames.
Today’s stream of photographs and the information running through it is indefinite, even violent. We see photographs everywhere, constantly. The photograph and the information it releases appear to overflow and flood through us. When it pierces us, our mind has to assess, process and assume different viewpoints. This invisible and unconstrained flow is akin to a river streaming through us, a river that cannot be touched.
When I think I understand what is happening in a photograph or what it is dictating to me, I find myself hesitating. At the moment of exposure, the photograph comes to life and starts flooding as an autonomous entity. It is crucial to allow the flow created by the photograph to touch us first in order to give it the value it deserves. This establishes a harmonious connection; we have been touched, and the photograph has fulfilled its purpose.
“A river that cannot be touched” is a body of photographs that explores peacefulness, concentration and searching. The photographs in the exhibition seem to capture events taking place after the “Decisive Moment” – when everything has settled down and the subjects have been disarmed. The photographer plays the role of an adventurer in the world, seeking clues of strange moments that deserve to be captured. The pieces are from 2011–2018.
Julius Töyrylä (1989) is a photographic artist graduating from the Turku Arts Academy in the spring of 2018. In his pieces, Töyrylä explores the foundation of the photograph – its declaratory power. The visual nature of Töyrylä’s photographs is built out of contortions of the world, black-and-white tone and a graphic style. The exhibition début at Photographic Centre Peri is Töyrylä’s first solo photographic exhibition.