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THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT
IS ARRIVING BACK TO EUROPE:

BUDAPEST, PRÓFÉTA GALÉRIA 23 MARCH – 26 APRIL 2013

The most successful Finnish photography project of all time will be on display in Budapest from March 23 to April 26, 2013, courtesy of Finnagora, The Finnish Institute in Budapest. The exhibition will arrive in Budapest from 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.

THE FINAL WEEK PROGRAM:

Artist Miina Savolainen will guide visitors
through the exhibition daily from 23 – 26 April 13 – 17 p.m.

Open lectures on Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 25 April 18 p.m.


Próféta Galéria, March 23 – April 26, 2013.

1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér.
Open from Monday to Friday 11 a.m. –6 p.m. Free entrance.


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THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBIT TOUCHES AMERICAN AUDIENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Reviews:

WASHINGTON POST:
"The 120 photos in "The Loveliest Girl in the World" (out of about 70,000 Savolainen has made) depict not just the grandeur of the Finnish wilderness and the subjects – fairy-tale scenarios. They also show the process of gaining trust and confidence. The photographs represent the appeal of a modern fairy-tale moral: that people can take real strength from their invented selves."
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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER:
"The photographs capture teenage girls from Finland posing in settings that look like they come from dark fairy tales - autumnal forests, frozen waterfalls, snowy valleys and isolated rock outcroppings. The project consisted of 70,000 frames, many so deeply personal that they are too opaque for the viewer to penetrate. The most visually striking images are impressive. Savolainen has taught more than 3,000 professionals in Finland to use photography in social work, health care and education - a good thing, both for the subjects and ultimately for the viewer."
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HUFFINGTON POST:
"Photographer Miina Savolainen's beautiful award-winning images portray the coming-of-age passages of ten girls growing up in a children's home. Taken in the remote corners of Finland, the images show natural beauty in all its forms. The photographs and the act of taking them also act as art therapy, telling the girls and the viewer, "Everyone is entitled to feel precious and loved."
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WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT:
"Visitors to "The Loveliest Girl in the World? photography exhibition can expect to enter a reception hall flooded with light and inspiration. Billed as the most successful Finnish photography project
of all time, the exhibition is a culmination of the decade she spent traveling about 200,000 kilometers by car, on foot, and via snowshoe and rowboat. She began the project when she was just 24. Whether a smoky forest floor, a Lapland snowstorm, a frigid lake, a hollow tree, an autumn field, a cityscape, an abandoned house, or a sea cave of sorts, Savolainen´s landscapes are arguably as eye-catching as her human subjects. "They hadn´t been looked at in a listening and loving way before," Savolainen explained to me in a private tour of the exhibition now on display as part of Kids Euro Festival and FotoWeek D.C. "They´ve seen a chaotic and cruel world. Through these photography journeys", she said, "they could see the world as beautiful, and see themselves another way - as beautiful, valuable and precious"."
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READ THE EXTRACTS FROM TOUCHED AMERICAN AUDIENCE


THE FIRST FEMALE AMBASSADOR OF FINLAND IN UNITED STATES HOSTS THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD EXHIBITION ON OCTOBER 19 - NOVEMBER 13.

The most successful Finnish photography project of all time is on display in Washington, D.C. from October 19 to November 13, 2011, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland in United States. 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 Loveliest Girl in the World can be seen in its entirety at the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit comes from Ottawa, Canada and it will continue to New York, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Hong Kong and Lissabon as part of its international tour. 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
self-acceptance. 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, innovative ways.”
Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde


The 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.
Lectures 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 – November 13
Open from Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free entrance!
The Embassy of Finland, Finland Hall

3301 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington D.C.
Tel: (202) 298 5823

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THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD PHOTO EXHIBITION CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF INTERNATIONAL WOMAN´S WORLS -CONFERENCE´S GUEST IN OTTAWA

The most successful Finnish photography project of all time is on display in Ottawa until September 2nd, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland in Canada. The exhibition is part of the international Women’s Worlds conference, hosted by University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and it is the biggest cultural export project of the Finnish Embassy so far. This year the conference, celebrating its thirtieth birthday, focuses especially on global women’s human rights, equality, and empowerment. Finland, in cooperation with other Nordic countries, wishes to stress the importance of women and the education of girls as part of the process of developing countries striving towards a better future.

The embassies of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland in Ottawa organized in cooperation a Nordic reception for the guests of the conference at the Loveliest Girl in the World exhibition, and the audience, representing 92 nationalities, was dazzled by the works of art and the stories behind them. Over 2000 people working to promote equality and to better the human rights of women and girls took part in the Women’s Worlds conference. The message of The Loveliest Girl in the World – that every individual is important; that every child has the right to be seen and heard – has proved to be a universal theme, indeed. It is a theme that was embraced by participants from developing and wealthy nations alike. The importance of this message has been recognized In Finland, as well, where the exhibition has received numerous awards and attracted record attendances. The book that tells the story of the exhibition is the most successful Finnish photography book of all time. 

The Loveliest Girl in the World –exhibition can be seen in its entirety in Ottawa until September 2nd. Built into the Old City Hall’s Sussex Gallery and Sussex Lobby, this is the first time the exhibition has left Europe. Opened on May 26th, the exhibition has been extended for eight weeks. After this, The Loveliest Girl in the World will continue its North American tour and head to Washington, D.C.


Extended guidings:
Artist Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the exhibition and sign copies of the Loveliest Girl in the World –book on Wednesday 31.th August form 16.00 to 19.00 and Thursday and Friday, 1-2 September from 12:00 to 20:00. Free Entry.

Sussex Gallery, Old City Hall. 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. Free Entrance.


Extracts from the guest book at the exibition:

”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 women´s history.”
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 awareness."
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."
CEBILE MARZINI-HERWOOD, SWAZILAND

"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."
ENYA, SWEDEN

"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


Look at the pictures on the exhibit´s facebook site


THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD -EXHIBIT IN CANADA 26.5.–2.9.2011

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 26th – September 2nd, 2011, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit is part of Women’s Worlds 2011 Conference hosted by Carleton University and University of Ottawa. The exhibit will travel to Washington D.C. United States on Ocktober.

- The artist Miina Savolainen will guide visitors through the exhibition 5th July
  and
7th-8th July from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sussex Gallery, Old City Hall. 111 Sussex
  Drive,
Ottawa. Free Entrance.

Women´s Worlds conference lecture in July:
www.womensworlds.ca

- Monday July 4th - 5-6.30pm
  The Loveliest Girl in The World – To become visible. A decade lasting  
  photography project with maltreated girls.
  UCUAgora, 85 University Private, Ottawa.

- Wednesday July 6th, 1-2.30pm
  Empowering photography - A dialogic gaze as a therapeutic and
  pedagogic means of identity work.
  UCUAgora, 85 University Private, Ottawa.

- The artist, Miina Savolainen is available at The Loveliest Girl in the
  World- stand daily 4th–7th July from 11.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
  Conference Arts and Culture center, University of Ottawa
  (Jock Turcot University Centre, Main Floor), 85 University Private.

The Exhibit is open daily 8am–20pm. Free entrance. 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON.



THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD -EVENING IN SUOMALAINEN KIRJAKAUPPA AT OULU 1.4.

Suomalainen Kirjakauppa at Oulu Rotuaari arranges The Loveliest Girl in the World -author evening on Wednesday 1.4. at 5pm. Experiences of The Loveliest Girl in the World -photograph project is shared with pictures and words by book's author, photographer Miina Savolainen. After the occation listeners can get artist's autograph and inscription in their own The Loveliest Girl in the World -book.


THE LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD RECEIVED "THE FINEST FINNISH BOOKS IN 2008" -AWARD IN ILLUSTRATED WORKS CATEGORY

Finnish Book Arts Comittee has awarded the last year's most beautiful books at 12.3.2009. The Loveliest Girl in the World -book received the award in illustrated works category.
Board's argumentation: "This piece of art work invites instantly to leaf through the pages. It is the cornucopia of printing technology and desktop publishing. Photographs and illustrated art together bring alive fairytale dream world. Darker colourful pages makes also good point of the serious side of the subject and meaning of many years spent with this project.


DUODECIM'S BOOK ABOUT PHOTOGRAPH THERAPY IS ISSUED AT 3.2

The first Finnish written collection of articles about photograph therapy named Valokuvan terapeuttinen voima (toim. Ulla Halkola et al.), is issued at 3.2. The book contains the article of Empowering photography by Miina Savolainen.  The book is published by Duodecim.


Empowering Photography -web pages has been visited by over 65000 visitors

In the beginning of January, the number of separate visitors in our web pages (www.empoweringphotography.net) have esceeded over 65 000 visitors. Versatility of the web pages has received good feedback. E. g. teachers and social workers have found the pages useful in their work.


The Loveliest Girl in the World -art book has been published

The art book The Loveliest Girl in the World has been published in 12.12.2008. The book has sold exceptionally well and has been warmly welcomed by readers and also by media. "This must be the most touching art book of the year." (Ilkka-newspaper)


Miina Savolainen interviewed in TV1 program Epäkorrektia, Tuomas Enbuske! (aired 18.11.2008)

Miina Savolainen was interviewed in TV1 program "EPÄKORREKTIA, TUOMAS ENBUSKE!: The children should be taken away from the bad parents!" Program dealed with daily routines of foster family and social welfare's point of view. Miina Savolaisen was interviewed last summer in Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, where the art exhibition of the Loveliest Girl in the World took place.


Art exhibitions of empowering photography has been seen over 40 000 people in Finland

Over 40 000 people in Finland has visited the community art exhibitions "The Loveliest Girl in the World" and "Father - empowering photography", which are based on the method of the empowering photography.


FATHER - empowering photography was a hit in Jugend Hall

FATHER - empowering photography was the most popular exhibition in 2007 in the Jugend Hall, Helsinki. The exhibition touched some 18 258 visitors. Unlike usually, the exhibition attracted many different kinds of people.


Father of the year 2007 was awarded at the Jugend Hall

Father of the year 2007 - award ceremony was held at the Jugend Hall while the Father - empowering photography - exhibition was there. Award was given by Minister of Health and Social Services Paula Risikko to social educator Jouni Lehmonen. The Father of the year was chosen for the second time. The patron of the Father of the year - award is doctor Pentti Arajärvi.

State Award for Children´s Culture 2006

The Arts Council of Finland has awarded photographer Miina Savolainen with the State Award for Children´s Culture 2006. The prize was presented by the Minister of Culture Tanja Saarela on 17th November 2006.  The State Award for Children´s Culture is an acknowledgement for meritorious work during the last three years or  long-lasting worthy work  for children's culture. The prize is 15 000 euros.
State Award for Children´s Culture

State Award for Children´s Culture

The Loveliest Girl in the World in the Inhimillinen Tekijä -TV programme

Two of the loveliest girls in the world, Jenna Pystö and Monna Makkonen, and photographer Miina Savolainen were guests on the Finnish Broadcasting Network's Yle Inhimillinen Tekijä -TV programme, where they were telling about the meaning of the photography process. The documentary was aired first time on TV2 on 28th November 2004 and (it was broadcasted twize as uusintana). The touching programme gathered a lot of heartfelt feedback, that was especially aimed at Jenna and Monna, who were brave enough to share their lives with the viewers.

Inhimillinen tekijä


The Culture Award of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim

Finnish Medical Society Duodecim has awarded photographer Miina Savolainen, her project The Loveliest Girl in the World and the method of empowering photography with their annual culture award. The award of 5 000 euros was presented on 17th of November 2005 in Jyväskylä as a part of the Health, sickness and culture -seminar. The Culture Award of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim is granted to a person or a team, who has remarkably promoted understanding of the connection between health, sickness and culture in the society. The Award has previously been presented to artist Rafael Wardi, author and politician Claes Andersson and actor Kari Heiskanen.

Duodecim


The Young Photographer of the Year -award 2005

Miina Savolainen was awarded with The Young Photographer of the Year -award on 8th June 2005. This prize is presented in alternate years with the Fotofinlandia-prize. The previous The Young Photographer of the Year -prize was presented to Tiina Itkonen and her Inughuit-series on 2003. Itkonen has documented the life of polareskimos in Greenland.

The Loveliest Girl in the World -degree

Miina Savolainen's  Master of Arts degree for the of University of Art and Design in Helsinki was reviewed on 6th June 2005.  The inspectors of The Loveliest Girl in the World – empowering photography -degree were Marjatta Bardy from National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) and Juha Varto from the  Arts Education department. The degree is dealing with the meanings of  the Loveliest Girl in the World -process and the therapeutic means of photography as well as the method of empowering photography. The 241-page book is available in Finnish also for a long-distance loan from Aralis-library in the address  Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki, Finland.

Aralis-library


The Loveliest Girl in the World -documentary

A documentary film has been made about one of the girls participating in the the Loveliest Girl in the World -project, Tiina Siitonen. It is a part of a series of minidocumentaries for the Finnish Broadcasting Network Yle. The documentary is called  the Loveliest Girl in the World and it's duration is 13 minutes. The film tells the story of Tiina growing up to be a mother and it also explains the background of the project. The documentary was aired on TV2 on 28th November 2004. It is directed by Anna Laine and produced by Naked Productions. 


Leikin pikkujättiläinen -book

An article by Miina Savolainen, The Loveliest Child in the world – photography in the family was published in Leikin pikkujättiläinen -book by WSOY Publishing in 2004. The article deals with the method of empowering photography from the viewpoint of a family with children. The book is edited by Liisa Piironen.


Vision of the Year -award  2004

The Green Cultural and Educational Centre Vision of the Year -award  2004 was granted to arts- and socialeducator Miina Savolainen for the method of empowering photography and the Loveliest Girl in the World -project that she has carried out with ten girls and young women who grew up in Hyvönen's children's home in Helsinki. The acknowledgement was granted for developing a therapeutical arts education method that can be applied to both individuals as well as communities. The examples that the Loveliest Girl in the World presents, such as equality, equivalence, trust, tolerance and self-acceptance also counted. Vision of the Year -award was presented for the 8th time on 19th March 2004 in Café Photo in Helsinki. The Visions of the Year accepted the award happily smiling. 


Spotlight of the Year special prize of the jury 2003

The Loveliest Girl in the World -project and exhibition were awarded with Spotlight of the Year special prize of the jury 2003 -award that was 1 000 euros. The prize delighted not only the recipients themselves but also the people close to the awarded. The culture department of the Finnish Broadcasting Network grants the Spotlight of the Year -award to a cultural achievement, that has  shaked, refreshed, changed, delighted or promoted the finnish cultural life nationwide.