Pierre Bergian

Helsinki School of Photography

1 - 30 May 2015

Pierre Bergian paints empty rooms. Sometimes there is a solitary piece of furniture, a ladder, a piano, a table, but these seem to do little more than add to the emptiness. 'My paintings are a little similar to still lives,' he says. 'Emptiness fascinates me.' They are about light in space. 'I never paint artificial light. I love sunshine coming into a room with a lot of shadow. I make a difference between morning and afternoon light or evening light. I also like the light of the winter sun, coming in very deeply. Moonlight is fascinating! Especially in old houses, when this light reflects on the walls, floor and ceiling. Light in a building can be so delicate.'
Bergian’s rooms are a composite of spaces which have attracted him. 'Some of the painted interiors are quite realistic. Others are compilations of what I have seen – impressions of reality.' Behind the air of mystery in Bergian’s images lies a taste for old interiors and abandoned rooms, an interest in what he calls the archaeology of the interior. 'When I was a child, I loved to discover abandoned old houses in Bruges, Lille and Ghent. They were mostly empty and rather dark, of course, without artificial light. Medieval buildings are very mysterious. But 20th Century buildings are amazingly interesting too.' He does not think he is alone in this taste: 'I am persuaded that we are unconsciously very fascinated by interiors of buildings because these are the places in which we spend the largest part of our lives.'

Helsinki School of Photography

The Helsinki School represents a selected group of artists who have either taught, graduated or attended Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. It was originally conceived in the early 1990´s as an educational model for introducing the use of the photographic process as a conceptual tool.

Today it has grown into one of the most internationally recognizable programs of its kind in the world.

The exhibition will include works by Joakim Eskilden, Sandra Kantanen, Ola Kolehmainen, Anni Leppala, Jorma Puranen and Santeri Tuori.