Self-portrait series “100 years of my family history” by Lumi Tuomi - 2 more weeks to visit Generation 2017 -exhibition
19 year old Finnish girl Lumi Tuomi wears the clothes from her ancestors in a series of self-portrait photographs titled “100 years of my family history”.
We spoke to Lumi who has recently moved to the Hague in the Netherlands to study at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, and here is her story:
In the early twentieth century anyone had at least a theoretical opportunity to study art, as students without means were admitted to the drawing school without fees.
There were fears that the artistic community, once equated with the bourgeoisie, would become proletarian, endangering the Finnish national spirit.
The plein-air method drove Finnish artists out among real subjects: the peasantry and genuine nature.
Artists, who usually had an upper-class background, began to make excursions into the “original Finland” that was supposed to lie in the forest wilderness of Karelia.
Elias Martin’s landscape paintings documenting the fortification of Viapori represent a unique curiosity from the same period.
The history and present state of Finnish art can be studied intimately in the various art museums, galleries and special collections in and around Helsinki.
The city has an active art life with over 150 museums and art galleries – surely enough even for the most eager art lover.
A HUNDRED YEARS ago, Finland’s artistic life was utterly different.