The photographer Kristian Kaarna and the fashion designer Jasmin Santanen are offering you an art and design experience on the occasion of the inauguration of the “Helsinki, Design Capital 2012” event to be held in Brussels. This event will bring together the art photography of Kristian Kaarna which will serve as the back-drop for the fashion show by Jasmin Santanen. K. Kaarna and J. Santanen who are forging international careers draw their inspiration from Finnish nature. This joint exhibition will offer the public a new visual experience.

“It is fascinating to have the opportunity to combine two artistic forms into a new visual entity. Our common denominator is in the nature and cultural landscape of Finland, where we both drew our inspiration. During the Helsinki event, the magnificent unique creations by Jasmin, inspired by nature, will be combined with a unique portrait of nature. I am looking forward to the reaction from the public,” says the photographer Kristian Kaarna.

The Helsinki EU Office in Brussels in cooperation with the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 organisation will inaugurate the mandate of Helsinki – World Design Capital in Brussels on 24.01.2012. This event is organised in the EU Helsinki offices and is under the patronage of Per-Mikael Engberg, the Finnish ambassador to Belgium.

The art photography by Kristain Kaarna offers viewers variations of form and light as well as an endless world of subjects. 


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Context information about Kristian Kaarna
The photographs do not represent a specifically identifiable region but we could think they are full of his love of his roots in the Finland of the lakes. In addition to water, the Kristian’s camera often views the phenomena of the sky and green landscapes.

Printed in a large format, the technique used by Kristian offers an atypical surface for photography, where every detail is as accurate as the whole photograph. The eyes are not set to a determined point on the surface but may move endlessly over the image as though watching a real landscape and new details are constantly discovered. The photographs are easy to approach but are not simple or light. They are technically exceptional and their contents are endlessly changeable; thus making them enduring.

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