Töölö Library offers photographic art for loan with a library card

The Borrow photographic art service (Lainaa valokuvataidetta) arrives at Töölö Library in Helsinki on 17 January 2020. A Helmet library card will allow you to borrow 24 works from the collections of eight different photographers.

Borrow photographic art is a joint service of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Association of Photographic Artists and Helsinki City Library that experiments with the lending of serial art as a part of library services. The trial will run until the end of 2020. The service has previously been tested in Turku, where photographic works were available for loan at Turku Main Library.

The artists of the works at Töölö Library are Lina Jelanski, Ulla Jokisalo, Jussi Kivi, Heli Rekula, Aura Saarikoski, Noora Sandgren, Heidi Strengell and Otto-Ville Väätäinen. The collection of 24 works was compiled by photographic artist and writer Hanna Weselius. The theme of the collection is the nowness of photography and how it seeks and produces information about the world.

‘I have selected works by both young and older photographers, with interlocking documentary and conceptual aspects, photograph and text, as well as different kinds of materiality. Political and social messages may also be present, not by preaching but by showing and asking questions,’ says Hanna Weselius.

The works can be borrowed, returned and reserved in the 2nd floor library hall of Töölö Library. The loan period for one work is 28 days and the loan can be renewed three times. The works can also be purchased from the sales collection of the Association of Photographic Artists online at shop.hippolyte.fi.

‘We are delighted that Töölö Library is participating in the Borrow photographic art project. The library is a natural place for access to culture and art. The library is also a low-threshold place where everyone is welcome. Extensive opening hours allow access to culture seven days a week,’ says Anne Ala-Honkola, Chief Librarian at Töölö Library.

In January and February, Töölö will become the focal point of Finnish photographic art, as the artists of the Borrow photographic art service can be encountered at Korjaamo Culture Factory in addition to Töölö Library. The Association of Photographic Artists will open Hippolyte Korjaamo, a new exhibition space dedicated to photographic art, in cooperation with Korjaamo on 17 January 2020. The first exhibition will feature the artists of the Borrow photographic art collection.