The Nordic Village is an exhibition format supporting emerging and groundbreaking Nordic photographers.

Since 2018 this project has selected and showcased over 20 artists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. Award-winning and emerging photographers have visited Helsinki to participate in artists talks, workshops and seminars. In 2020, the Nordic Village expo will be set up in the outdoor premises of The National Museum of Finland · Kansallismuseo.

The artists get selected through a jury of photography professionals and curators responsible for the festival’s open call contest. The theme in 2020 is Trust.

As a part of the Nordic Village exhibition at the National Museum of Finland, there will be organised workshops, seminars and portfolio reviews by prominent visual artists, gallerists, photography teachers, photo editors and book publishers.

The first Nordic Village project at Helsinki Photo Festival was set up in the Teurastamo yard. The area is an historic abattoir and is known as Helsinki’s food and urban cultural event center. Works never shown before in Finland by emerging Nordic artists were on display, easy to approach and to explore during day and night hours. In a nearby park, Hermanninpuisto, the works of Icelandic artists were accessible. The exhibition, which was set up against a backdrop of summer events, was explored by +40.000 spectators during the summer of 2018. 

Nordic Village finalist (2018), Sebastian Sardi from Sweden, was exhibited at a curated showcase at the World Village Festival / Maailma Kylässa (2019). In the photos of Sebastian Sardi one can witness the living conditions of villagers in big coal-producing countries, who live in areas covered in coal dust and breathe the toxic air. The exhibition titled Dashed Hopes has been seen during the 2 days exposé by +30.000 festival goers.

In 2019, the Nordic Village was set up in the Nordic Culture Point, a cultural center and library in the heart of Helsinki. Three Nordic artists were exhibited: Tine Bek from Denmark, Saara Tuominen from Finland and Marcus Gustafsson from Sweden. One of the cultural event highlights, a Nordic photography seminar was held in the premises with prominent Norwegian photographer Stig Marlon Weston, Swedish Sebastian Sardi and Finnish Kalle Kataila. The Swedish artist Marcus Gustafsson held an artist talk in the library. 

The legendary Art Gallery Café Rupla (closed operations January 19th 2020) in the bohemian district Kallio hosted the Nordic Village exhibitions with works of emerging Nordic photographers Neha Hirve (India/Sweden) and Jenni Toivonen (Finland). The aspiring Finnish artist Toivonen held an artist talk for a group of friends and photo enthusiasts from Monaco visiting Helsinki for the first time. 

Critically acclaimed Belgian photo festival Lens op de Mens initiated contact to us. Both, us and the Fotofestival Pelt have chosen the works of Canadian photographer Arianne Clement and of the Spanish artist Jorge Lopéz Munoz to the open call winners of 2019. Carine Van Gerven, the Fotofestival Coordinator wanted to do something us and so we came up to with the idea to make a pop-up. The Nordic Village pop up was set up at the Cultural Centre of Palethe in Pelt. The artists exhibited were Tine Bek (Denmark), Svante Gullichsen (Finland), Neha Hirve (Sweden), Jenni Toivonen (Finland) and Niina Vehmaa (Finland).  


Open Call / Winners


Tine Bek Komfort Skulptur


Birgitta Steen Affection
Klaus Vedfelt (homepage); The Obsolute project 
Lullu Scheel  (homepage); Female light 
Simon Dokkedal & Anders Giversen Mens Du Sov



Open Call / Winners


Hörður Ásbjörnsson Love
Maria Kjartans Connection 
Ómar Sverrisson Balloon Series & Reykjavik Portraits



Open Call ///


Svante Gullichsen Natural Outlaw (homepage)
Janne Körkkö Message from Afar (instagram)
Jenni Emilia Toivonen Turning Light (homepage)
Saara Tuominen 173 days (homepage)
Niina Vehmaa Raddies (homepage)



Henri Airo Keep Swimming (homepage)
Nayab Ikram In Between 
Kalle Kataila Akita (homepage)
Sami Mannerheimo Afro Sunday (homepage)
Pyry Peltola Love of my life, a short story (homepage)
Marja Saleva He is so obsessed with me (homepage)
Nita Vera What love weighs 


Sebastian Sardi – Black Diamond