Contemporary Self-Portraits Kick off workshops, September 2012

Participants: Partners to the Contemporary Self-Portraits project

Me & Me

Workshop led by Hertta Kiiski, Marja Saleva & Lasse Peltola

The participants bring one photograph with them that is important to them and where they are portrayed themselves. The picture will be projected as a large background for the new picture on the studio wall. The participant will make contact with the old picture and choose how he or she wants to pose for the new picture. The pictures will be taken with a self-timer, whereby you cannot entirely control the moment the picture is taken. You can be alone or have the instructor with you when the picture is taken. Each person will take about ten pictures that are as different as possible. One of the images will be selected with the instructor and developed into a complete picture. Everyone’s pictures will be viewed and talked about in group in the final discussion. Each participant will get a paper draft of his or her picture to take away.

Autobiographical writing & Self-Portraits

Workshop led by Ilona Tanskanen

The workshop gives some perspectives and dimensions to autobiographical writing and to autobiographical genres. The participants produce an autobiographical raw text and use them to write a small poem – Haiku or Tanka. From autobiographical writing you get for example raw material to make pictures or texts and contact to your memory, experiences, perception, feelings, emotions and sensations. At the end of the workshop the participants had a 10 minutes writing session on one of the cardinal virtues.

Come as you are

Workshop led by Vesa Aaltonen

The self-portrait workshop offers you the opportunity to explore the concept of self-image. A picture of oneself may be surprising, differ from one´s own conception. The workshop deals with identity and self-esteem. No technical skills are needed. The experience might be liberating. You are free to decide what your self-portraits will be like at the moment the picture is taken.

Duration of the workshop is quite short, 15–20 min individually but can be treated as a starting point to move on. Only thing required is to be open-minded, ready to see yourself, feel and reflect.

Collage as Self-Portrait

Workshop led by Pia Bartsch

In my workshop we are dealing with virtues and their topicality in contemporary world. Of the seven virtues (prudence, justice, restraint, courage, faith, hope and love), every participant should choose the one that he/she feels is most important to build up in one’s own life. Workshop participants build a self-portrait collage as an allegory of the chosen virtue.
In the workshop you need a big dose of imagination and symbolism, a printed picture of yourself (preferable size about 20–30cm) and some of the following if you wish: photos, texts and pictures from newspapers or magazines, pieces of cloth, wallpaper, or other materials ‒ whatever you want to include to your collage.

Performative Self-Portrait

Workshop led by Leena Kela

In the workshop there will be some perfromative self-portrait exercises.


ISSP pre-workshop

Workshop led by Magnus Scharmanoff
February 2013
Participants: nine second-year photography students from the Arts Academy

Self-portrait workshop’s quick task
The best moment of my life so far, seen from the perspective of ..................................

Choose a significant moment in your life and make a strong photograph of it, one in which you are present. You can set the event anywhere you want. Take the perspective (drawn by lots) into account.

Photography students had portfolio meetings and visual assignments around the theme of the self-portrait. The main self-portrait assignment was called On Tolerance.



Milieu Selfie

Workshop led by Erika Adamsson
March 2013
Participants: nine second-year photography students from the Arts Academy

Working points, each with a different environment, were built in the space of the Köysiratagalleria. Participants were free to choose in which role and environment they wanted to carry out their work. Various sorts of headdresses and props which allowed participants to immerse themselves in their roles were made available. The environments included options such as a busy street in Kabul, a seascape and a Finnish roadside scenery seen through the eyes of a trucker. Participants could also choose to work in a lovely coastal setting. Donning a straw hat, one could choose to paint a summery self-portrait with the help of a mirror. The milieu self-portraits were made with acrylic paints. Taking part in the workshops did not require previous experience of painting. Rather, the goal was for the workshop to be a refreshing and fun moment shared between the members of a work community.



Sessions: Self-Portrait and Self-Portrait

Workshop led by Jari Kallio, Antti Jussila and Antero Paavola in cooperation with Galleria Titanik
April 2013
Participants:five fine arts students, three teachers and anonymous participants

The videos of the Sessions work were shot in connection with a workshop held at the Arts Academy in the spring of 2013. Three ‘sessions’ were documented on video and audio tape. The starting point comprised a self-portrait, communality and the application of the introspection method. In practice, this meant brief speeches given from a small stage in front of the group without preliminary preparation. The speeches were roughly five minutes long. The sessions were recorded in the three different locations in which the workshop was held. Both the person who delivered the speech as well as the audience wore masks. The video works were exhibited in Titanik Gallery 4–8 June 2013.



The Unhappy Artist

Self-Portrait based methods as promoters of an artist's well-being at work

Workshop led by Vesa Aaltonen, Mervi Herranen and Ilona Tanskanen in cooperation with Arts Promotion Centre Finland/Branch office of South-Western Finland and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
January - April 2013
In the work group: Kaisa Adair, Taina Erävaara, Pia Houni
Participants: 22 local artists and lecturers (personnel of the Arts Academy)

The goal of ‘The Unhappy Artist’ project was to:

  • generate well-being at work among the artists, artists’ instructors and arts teachers working in Turku and the region of South-Western Finland;
  • provide the personnel and students of Turku University of Applied Sciences with tools and skills with which to improve well-being at work and to plan and implement workshop activities;
  • improve the readiness of the personnel and students of Turku University of Applied Sciences for multi-professional work concerning well-being at work in the fields of art and culture;
  • develop self-portrait based methods and advance their use in work communities;
  • pilot and create a work model for the target group-specific customisation of workshops.

The workshop participants had home assignments on self-portraits and autobiographical writing. They took part in two seminars on well-being at work and three different workshops:

  • Ilona Tanskanen: Autobiographical writing in the context of work
  • Vesa Aaltonen: Photography workshop: Me as me and me at work
  • Mervi Herranen: Work counselling based on pictures and photographs

All the participants also produced a small book combining photographed self-portraits and autobiographical texts in the format of Haiku or Tanka. In collaboration with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Arts Academy, a questionnaire was made for participants on their well-being at work and collected feedback from the workshops for further development.