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Land
2010

Land

Sirpa Päivinen

SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

Rural flight, and the accompanying decay of services, is a relative problem in many Western Euro-pean countries. People can often go to larger, nearby residential centres for the supplies and services the need. In Scandinavia a decline in the population often is a much more direct threat to the livea-bility of a community. The distances are greater and the population density is lower. Over a period of years Sirpa Päivinen travelled through her own Finland photographing village stores, cafés and petrol stations that were literally being sold out. They were disappearing not only because of the decreasing number of local residents, and thus of potential clients, but also because of competition from mega-supermarkets in larger population centres. Her portrait gallery of desolate buildings is a requiem for the Finish countryside.

  • SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

    Rural flight, and the accompanying decay of services, is a relative problem in many Western Euro-pean countries. People can often go to larger, nearby residential centres for the supplies and services the need. In Scandinavia a decline in the population often is a much more direct threat to the livea-bility of a community. The distances are greater and the population density is lower. Over a period of years Sirpa Päivinen travelled through her own Finland photographing village stores, cafés and petrol stations that were literally being sold out. They were disappearing not only because of the decreasing number of local residents, and thus of potential clients, but also because of competition from mega-supermarkets in larger population centres. Her portrait gallery of desolate buildings is a requiem for the Finish countryside.

  • SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

  • SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

  • SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

  • SOLD OUT (Finland, 2005-2009)

Biography

Sirpa Päivinen (Finland, 1965) attended the Muurlan Opisto photography school and took her Bachelor of Arts at the Finish University of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of several work grants from the Arts Council Finland and Finish Cultural Foundation, and has shown her work in Finland, Germany, Sweden and Estonia. She is a member of the Union of Art Photographers.

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00