My photography collective MAP6 is having a book launch and social for its new publication Finland: The Happiness Project at The Photographers' Gallery, London, on Thursday 21 July at 6.30 pm.
If you're in London please do join us. It would be really great to meet you.
It's a free event but do book through EventBrite.
The MAP6 collective (of which I'm a member) has been awarded a major grant by Brighton Photo Fringe to exhibit in its Fringe 2020 festival at the Colonnade House Gallery, Worthing.
We will be exhibiting a range of work from our new project: Finland – The Happiness Project.
We will be posting information on
Keep your eyes open: Worthing will be hosting a range of exhibitions from Colonnade House to the West Building Shelter on the seafront promenade...
Images from Finland – The Happiness Project:
Brighton’s contemporary art gallery Fabrica is exhibiting a very large photograph by MAP6 member Rich Cutler from his Insecta project. It is on public view for 3 months in the window of Fabrica’s In Between Gallery, facing Duke Street. It will be replaced by a further image from Insecta in September – also to be exhibited for 3 months.
See Fabrica’s website for more information and events.
In March, I went to Finland as part of the photographic collective MAP6. Suddenly, the COVID-19 situation worsened and we found ourselves trapped in a country with locked borders...
''On March 16th, five members of the MAP6 collective flew to Finland to photograph the area around Rovaniemi in Lapland. The coronavirus was beginning to take hold across the world; it had been ranked as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th, and its impact was only just beginning to be realised. Within hours of arriving they were notified that all return flights had been cancelled. With the country entering a state of emergency and the borders closed, the MAP6 members were potentially stranded. Events escalated as they watched alarming news updates from their apartment. Museums and schools had closed in Rovaniemi, and restaurants and bars were shutting. This was the beginning of a global lockdown. For four days the MAP6 photographers documented the crisis from within Finland, whilst awaiting confirmation of a flight home. The text is from headlines that appeared on various social media channels during that time.''
The curated MAP6 group project is on the MAP6 website.
All of my images for this project are on my website: see MAP6: The Isolation Project.
MAP6 decided to explore Finland this year, and spent 5 days in the country – each member pursuing their own interests as a contribution to the collective’s overall project. It was challenging for me, but enjoyable – I'm a studio photography, and usually plan and control taking photos meticulously over lengthy periods of time!
▲ Landbo, Finland. Rich Cutler, 2019