THE LOVELIEST GIRL
IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT
ARRIVING BACK TO EUROPE:
23 MARCH – 26 APRIL 2013
most successful Finnish photography project of all time will be on
in Budapest from March 23 to April 26, 2013, courtesy of Finnagora, The
Finnish Institute in Budapest. The exhibition will arrive in Budapest
Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D.C. and New York, United States as part
of its international tour in Europe and North America.
The Loveliest Girl in the
World can be seen in its entirety at Próféta
Galéria. Finland and the ambassador of Finland in Budapest, Mr.
Pasi Tuominen, host the exhibition to emphasize the meaning of human
rights and welfare of children.
Próféta Galéria, March 23 – April 26, 2013.
1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér.
from Monday to Friday 11 a.m. –6 p.m. Free entrance.
The creator of the exhibit,
artist and social educator Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through
the exhibition daily
from 23 – 26 April 13 – 17 p.m.
Miina Savolainen will discuss
the touching story of the project with an introduction to the method of
empowering photography on
Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 25 April 18 p.m.
Tel. +358 50 341 4739
Finnagora, The Finnish Institute in Budapest
Tel. +36 20 557 1547
THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN BUDAPEST
THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT
AMERICAN AUDIENCE IN WASHINGTON,
photos in “The Loveliest Girl in the World” depict not
grandeur of the Finnish wilderness and the subjects fairy-tale
scenarios. They also show the process of gaining trust and
The photographs represent the appeal of a modern fairy-tale
moral: that people
can take real strength from their invented selves.”
EXTRACTS FROM THE
GUESTBOOK IN WASHINGTON D.C.:
“These images are so extraordinary.
prophetic. I see the tones of pain, courage and
hope reflected in some
of the most profound images I have seen. The
essence of each lovely girl
seeps through the photograph. I am moved by
between the photographer and each girl, which is so
The physical settings are imaginative and speak of another world.
Miina for so patiently coming out this project
and thank you toeach lovely
girl so far so
sharing your beauty to the world. I hope you do see yourself
as you really are – special and
absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
“Thank you for such an intimate
exhibit that has shown t
he beauty in every woman and
transformed by their transformation.
May their beauty never stop
“Thank you for allowing us to
see the fruits of your
labors and the result of your bravery.”
“As a child of complex home
life growing up These photos were
incredible healing to me. I
see such a brave authenticity
in the faces
of these girls in understanding (a bit of) the process the girls went
when the photographer get these shots. What a beauty!
Thank you for sharing these
personal images with strangers
across the globe. I am
incredibly grateful and
with so much love and respect.”
This photo exhibit is
beautiful. It is amazing hour you captured
the emotions of the girls
and it is very impressive to
over the years of graining confidence.
What a thought was the fact
that this project was
photography as therapy. Art
is therapeutic, so I loved
Thank you & Regards, Madhavi
Reddi, American University
“The exhibit is beautiful. I
love how you utilized nature and light
to capture the spirit of the
the gorgeous and meaningful exhibit!”
Kate McDaniel, American
“Dear Lovely Girls
I think what I want to say to
you is I find how you place yourself
in the landscapes is very
interesting. How you related to the earth and
how you stare back at the
viewer creates such an interesting tension.
I see the individual spirit and
the collective journey.
Each photo is a moment.”
“Oh, the beautiful girl-souls I
have seen today!”
“The photos are stunning. You
girls are powerful, beautiful, perfect.”
“Your sensitivity is powerful!”
“I feel invisible and unheard
so much of the time. I am so glad you found
a way to be seen as how
beautiful and real you are. Your pictures
remind me that we can all be
“I am overwhelmed by the
creating of something so beautiful and
organic both within yourselves
and outside of
yourselves. One of the girls
struck me the most as a woman with
a beauty. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us.
Think the world sees you.”
Rukhsana M Chau
“Of all the Fotoweek exhibits
this is my favorite. Wonderful photos!”
“This is inspiring. Such
beautiful young women and such an amazing
way for them to know
their sadness and joy.
And to know that Miina has made this concept
photography available to other
is very especial.”
“These photographs combine the
of the landscape with the
introspection of the girls
very well. A real
tour de force of photography,
and an example of the good
photography can accomplish. Bravo!”
David Cieslikowski, Washington.
“My Dear Ones,
I have never had daughters, at
52 year old, I will not now. Your stories
and emotions caught on film
will follow me rest of my life.
I love that each of you lives
and thrives. Enjoy freedom!”
With love, Cheryl Ashton
(another mom in spirit)
“I feel uplifted and calmed by
seeing your pictures.”
“These are wonderful pictures,
an artist´s eye on Finland´s
natural world and also on
human psyche. Thank
bringing your art and thank you for making
Mary Niemi Stone
“Thank you for inspiring me
with your beauty and strength.
Your photos are all so
breath-taking and show me
is possible – beauty can be created
even when it seems so foreign,
and art can help inspire and rebuild.
You are all so strong
and SO beautiful, and your photos should show you
that you are
capable of anything. I hope you continua to feel beautiful
and live like
the women you see in your amazing photos.”
Much love, Ada Thomas
“I love the subtextual loving
dialogue between photographer
and subject. You see these
Thank you and many
thanks to the girls for
sharing the multilayered
Jessica Hall, Washington, D.C.
“I hope these beautiful young
women put aside their pasts in order
to free themselves for a
future filled with love,
joy, a peace!
How courageous and confident these woman
are to participate. Good luck
and thank you!”
Sarah, Washington, D.C.
“Absolutely amazing and
Simply stunning, inspiring and fresh.”
Evan, Washington, D.C.
You are a gift to this world –
A world having much
need for your tender spirit and heart.”
Your new friends, Carla and Ted
“As someone who lacks to be the
center of attention
I can appreciate the
in this process. Congratulations to you all.
It is very moving.”
“An amazing experience. Well
done. We are blessed
to have witnessed just a gleaming
of the experience this
project must have been through your lens? A privilege!”
“Very gorgeous pictures and
for someone like myself who
understands loss, pain
sadness as a young woman. Thank you!”
“Very inspiring work. I
appreciated the expression or
inner beauty, the vast
landscapes and the
to share yourselves with the world.”
Boris, Washington, D.C.
“Remarkable beautiful, and
It was a privilege to see this exhibition.”
FEMALE AMBASSADOR OF FINLAND IN UNITED
STATES HOSTS THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBITION ON OCTOBER 19 -
Loveliest Girl in the World, the most successful photo exhibition in
Finland, is invited to the United States to participate the FotoWeek DC
photography festival. FotoWeek DC is an annual celebration of
photography. The exhibitions and events of FotoWeek DC gather over 30
000 guests, and is organized in collaboration with over 60 different
partners including museums, art galleries, universities, Pulitzer
Center and National Gallery of Art. The exhibition is part of the Foto
Week DC and EuroKids festivals and arrives in Washington as a part of
its North and South American tour.
The exhibition is guided, and photographer Miina Savolainen herself
gives lectures and tours from 11th to 12th November 2011. The program
also includes an invited lecture at the University of Columbia, New
York, on 10th November 2011 which covers the larger concept behind the
exhibition: the method of empowering photography. From Washington DC
the exhibition The Loveliest Girl in the World moves into the United
Nations Visitors Centre, New York City, in 2012.
The Loveliest Girl in the World can be seen in its entirety at the
Embassy of Finland. The exhibit comes from Ottawa, Canada. Finland and
the first female ambassador of Finland in United States, Mrs. Ritva
Koukku-Ronde, host the exhibition to stress the importance of gender
equality and empowerment of women and girls.
”The Embassy of Finland
is proud to present Miina Savolainen’s perceptive
photography, which beautifully illustrates young
women’s passages to adulthood and
I am convinced that this exhibition speaks to anyone interested in the
intricate process that shapes individuals into
full-fledged adults. The exhibition also highlights gender
equality and women’s societal roles in subtle,
Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde
creator of the exhibit, artist and
social educator Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the
exhibition October 22 – 23 and November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on empowerment of girls and women through photography will be held on
October 20–21 and November 11. Artist
Miina Savolainen will discuss the touching story of the project with an
introduction to the method of empowering photography.
October 19 –
Open from Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Embassy of Finland, Finland Hall
Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington D.C.
(202) 298 5823
WEBSITE OF THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND
IN UNITED STATES
THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE
WORLD -EXHIBIT IN CANADA 26.5.–2.9.
The Loveliest Girl in the World
– an award winning Finnish
photography exhibit with record breaking attendance figures at home,
will be at the Sussex Gallery of the Old City Hall in Ottawa May 26 –
September 2, 2011, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit is
of Women’s Worlds 2011 Conference hosted by Carleton University and
University of Ottawa. Artist Miina Savolainen tells the touching story
of the project in words and pictures with an introduction to the method
of empowering photography– lectures 1st – 2nd September.
daily 8am–20pm. Free entrance. 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON.
- The artist Miina Savolainen
will guide visitors through the exhibition 1st
and 2nd September from 12
a.m. to 8 p.m. Sussex Gallery, Old City Hall. 111 Sussex
Drive, Ottawa. Free Entrance.
Worlds conference lecture in July:
Comments from the
exhibit´s guest book in Ottawa:
”Dear Miina, I am so very proud
of you. Your art, your support of girls
and women, I can´t
explain all of the emotions I feel for your work.
Please let all of your models
know how beautiful they are and what
a priviledge bestowed upon them
to be such an important
part of art history and
ANTOINETTE ZLOTY, CONGRESS OF
BLACK WOMEN OF CANADA
"O, the World we live in, so
full of beauty, so full of pain. Thank you for
recognizing both and doing
ANJA SCHLOTMAN, U.S.A.
"I have been privileged to walk
on this journey - to be part of an
amazing story of survival,
victory and beauty. Thank you."
"I feel like you have captured
a picture that see´s into these girls souls
and I am humbled by just
looking at them. I am inspired and reminded of just
how important INNER beauty is. Thank You."
"Dear Miina, I want to
share that I really understand your work. I grew up with parents
and everything but I always
felt orphan. Nobody ever took me photos, and it´s not easy
for me to feel comfortable for
camera. I have grown up for good but still shy for photos.
Thank you ´cause through
out your work I felt like a princess, too."
KARINA SOLTERA, MEXICO
"This exhibit makes me believe
that someday, somehow, someone will take a picture
of me that I will look at and
love. Thank you for the art and the love
you have given the young women and world."
Love, TANYA, U.S.A.
"All I can say is wow! I have a
daughter of a similar age and as I look at the pictures I know
why it is so important to tell
her every day how much I love her and also to let her
know that she is special and
that I believe that she can achieve anything.
Thank you so much for this this
work which gave them emfidence and freedom
to pursue who they really are.
They are really beautiful!"
MANON BEAULIEU, CANADA
THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD -EXHIBITIONS:
The Loveliest Girl In The World is a beloved collaborative art
made by Miina Savolainen and ten young women who have been growing up
at the children’s house Hyvönen. It also includes a large and
awarded art exhibition and a photography book, published in 2008.
Photography series, photographed for a decade, is a story of growing up
and becoming visible. In it’s early form it was first showcased as a
public exhibition in 2003. All together 140 art pieces follow the
girls’ process from childhood to young adults. The exhibition’s
photographs are shot in a traditional way in authentic places and in
different natural environments all over Finland. The photographs in the
series are photographed in film and exhibition works are made in dark
room and are c-prints.
The empowering photography method, which is used in this collective art
project, has had a remedial meaning. Accepting your self-image is a
metaphor for accepting yourself. In empowering photography the power of
the photographer and the myth of truth are turned to support the
individual’s subjective right to define oneself. Photographs are
designed and created together with the young.
In these fairytale-like photographs of The Loveliest Girl In The World-
series the maltreated young girls have managed to see themselves
powerful and completed. In these archetypal photographs the nature in
its greatness plays the role of protector of vulnerable children. The
message of the project is that everyone has a right to feel precious
and beloved. The project speaks out for the meaning that art has in
healing and making things visible in our society.
The exhibition has been shown in Annantalo Arts Centre, Helsinki
(2003), EuroCult21-event, Barcelona (2005), Art Museum of
jyväskylä (2005), The 12th Edition of the Biennial of Young
Artists, Naples (2005), Art Centrum Arx, Hämeenlinna (2006),
Photography Centrum of Ostrobothnia 2006, Sarajevo Winter- art festival
(2007), Museum of Wäinö Aalto, Turku (2008), and TR1 Art
Hall, Tampere Art Museum 2010-2011.
THE PROJECT DEALING WITH
FATHER – EMPOWERING PHOTOGRAPHS
FATHER – Empowering photography – exhibition brings together works by
fifteen photographers who have been using the empowering photography
method during the project. The director of the community art project
was Miina Savolainen. The group members’ personal life-experience of
fatherhood are present in their works and the project, already started
in 2005, and they can be seen in terms of subjects and perspectives.
During the process the group approached the theme first through their
own real life-experiences of fatherhood and then gradually moved on to
examine different expressions of fatherhood and sights in the Finnish
FATHER– Empowering Photography-exhibition tells stories about the
meaning of different kinds of fathers to children, relationships and
society. How does the chain of generations of fathers affect the
children’s choices in their life later on. As a grown up, can you fix
your own father relationship when your father lives only in the
memories. How have the changing expectations altered men’s ways and
opportunities to carry out their fatherhood?
FATHER– Empowering Photography - exhibition was first seen in
Helsinki’s Jugendsali 17.10.2007– 13.1.2008. The culture minister of
Finland, Stefan Wallin, opened the exhibition. It became the public’s
favourite attracting 18 000 visitors and resulted in an exceptional
amount of touching feedback from the audience. After Helsinki the
exhibition was held in Gallery Tyko in Nurmes 28.1-2.3.2008.
In autumn of 2009 the exhibition was on display in Gallery Zebra,
Karjaa, 25.9.-16.10.2009 and in Linderinsali, Lohja 5.11- 27.11.2009
produced by The Photography Centre of Raseborg. It was also seen in The
Culture Centre of Imatra 2.-19.12.2009 produced by The
Photography Centre of Southeast Finland. In spring 2010 the exhibition
became the most popular exhibition in Jyväskylä Art
Museum´s history with over 7 000 visitors.
During autumn 2010 the exhibition will be exhibited Gallery
Myötätuuli in Raahe 1.10.-27.11.2007. The exhibition will
also include a vast pedagogy program open to the public.
Here you can visit the website
of the fatherhood project and the exhibition:
Here you can sense the
atmosphere in Father- exhibition and lecture series
in Jugendhall, Helsinki from 2008:
“One of the most important
exhibition of this autumn. Real and impressive.”
“The word empowering stopped me
in Christmas rush: I took some time to myself and it gave me more
energy to go on. I’d like to give these points of views and great works
as Christmas presents for everyone, fathers, their wives and their
“From each series of
photographs I found something so familiar, so touching. If not
experienced by me first hand, at least closely seen and felt. For years
I haven’t experienced such a touching exhibition.”
“I opened the door to
Jugendsali and it felt like I stepped in to my own childhood or faced
my father. This exhibition helps me to get to know my father.”
“I’m waiting for my first child
and feeling hints of parenthood. It was encouraging to see the
exhibition. It gave a positive view of fatherhood and parenthood even
though everyone has their flaws. Thank you!”
“Fatherhood and fathers have
been developed tremendously during my 85 years of time.”
“Photographing empowering way
should be “civic education”, from where everyone could profit
self-knowledge, joy and understanding towards one another. ”