Seurantalolla

Seurantalolla -book on Finnish Workers halls and other Community houses

Seurantalolla - book on workers halls and other community houses

Houses are never empty.

When people exit buildings - sometimes temporarily, sometimes never to return - something of them is always left behind in the space.

Pendants on the shelves, a belief in a better world, the marks of wear in the logs, laughter in the canteen, piles of chairs in the corners, the smell of the cooled down stove, a hat forgotten in the coat check. They are the facial features of a house, the dimples and wrinkles in the corners of the eyes.

The buildings frequently outlast their creators. They remain standing even if their original function or the very reason for their existence is lost.

In my photographs I want to show beauty as beauty, strange as strange and the forgotten as forgotten

These are portraits of houses.

Maakansan seurantalo

Maakansan seurantalo

There are approximately 2500 workers halls and other community houses built at various times in Finland. Ideological associations built the houses as open spaces of civic activity and culture. The building and maintenance of these houses is an unbroken tradition stretching from the 1880s to this day.

Many houses are located in valuable cultural milieus and are architecturally significant. These houses are an important part of Finland's built heritage and they are connected to the powerful historical continuum of Finnish communality.

For seven years I traveled around Finland and photographed the workers halls and community houses presented in this book. The portraits and stories of the people encountered at the houses show what they are like now.

Marjoniemen seuratalo

Marjoniemen seuratalo

Kokemäen seuratalo

Kokemäen seuratalo

Paasitorni

Paasitorni

Hyvinkään järjestötalo

Hyvinkään järjestötalo

Tervolan järjestötalo

Tervolan järjestötalo

Kallon työväentalo

Kallon työväentalo

Kemijärven VPK:n talo

Kemijärven VPK:n talo

Evijärven nuorisoseurantalo

Evijärven nuorisoseurantalo

Iisalmen työväentalo

Iisalmen työväentalo

Jakkukylän työväentalo

Jakkukylän työväentalo

Hemborg

Hemborg