What is Dystopia/Utopia?

Dystopia/Utopia a social impact art project based on photography that empowers its participants to gain the feeling of autonomy and “I can” -attitude. Dystopia/Utopia-project focuses on where the participants are presently, and where they want to be in the future and this way help the them see things from a different perspective. From this new perspective possibilities and choices appear. Goal of the Dystopia/Utopia project is to concretize participants’ future views through the concepts of dystopia and utopia. The method for realizing the insights about the future is to find locations that reflect participants’ utopic and dystopic scenarios and to photograph each individual in the selected locations. Two photographs of dystopia and utopia are shown together with a photograph that focuses on the participant’s present situation. All together these three pictures form a photographic triptych.

The focus group of Dystopia/Utopia project has been teenagers and the project is executed together with organizations and institutions that offers a range of services for children and teenagers. To achieve concrete influence on participants lives, a pathway to future is created after the photo shooting work period. Questions to be answered by the participants are: How to avoid the dystopia and how to achieve the utopia?

Dystopia/Utopia project has been exhibited in Finland (Gallery Hippolyte) and in the US and has been executed in collaboration with several institutions, organizations and private companies in Finland. The project has been funded by Kone Foundation, Myrsky and Taaleri Oy.

The Concept

The concept of Dystopia/Utopia was created in collaboration with Tärähtäneet ämmät and Gabriel Mellan.

Katriina Haikala | Triptyykki
Katriina Haikala | Triptyykki_OskarOsmonen
Katriina Haikala | Pinja_Triptyykki
Katriina Haikala | MIISA_Triptych 35x105
Katriina Haikala | Mandi2_Triptyykki
Katriina Haikala | Mandi_Triptych 35x105
Katriina Haikala | Maisa_Triptych 35 x 105
Katriina Haikala | Leevi_Triptych 35x105
Katriina Haikala | Joni_Triptych