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Lasse Lecklin: Whirls

Lasse Lecklin’s exhibition Whirls deals with the water cycle on Earth. The hydrosphere includes all water on Earth: seas, groundwater, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water that interact with the entire planet.

Due to drought, freezing, rainfall, or currents, water does not disappear from Earth but is in constant circulation, changing its state and location. However, human activities, such as water usage, pollution, and climate change, affect the water cycle and cause changes to Earth’s water reserves. The artworks in the exhibition explore the impacts of climate change on the hydrosphere and the water cycle.

The photo series Crossings reveals the harsh reality on Iceland’s glaciers. Since 2000, 15 percent of Iceland’s glaciers have disappeared. The great whiteness will turn towards black, as ice melts into water. Beneath the melting ice, a combination of volcanic eruption ash and particulate matter accumulated during the industrial era is revealed. The sun’s rays do not reflect off the ice covered with black carbon, which exacerbates the cycle.

The polar bear Lynn (Lost in Copenhagen) circles in a video where a young polar bear has just moved to Copenhagen Zoo. The stressed animal raises the question, have we saved the polar bear, or have we actually just destroyed their original habitat? As a result of the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity, this consideration must be made for an increasing number of species and ecosystems.

Lasse Lecklin (b. 1982) is a Helsinki-based photographer. Lecklin’s aim is to make visible the changes caused by humans in nature. He is particularly interested in how nature’s immense and uncontrollable processes affect the landscape, and how this natural sculpting work blends with the human-shaped environment. Lecklin graduated with a Master of Arts from Aalto University’s Photography Program in 2015. In addition, he has studied photojournalism at the University of Tampere, photography at Konstfack in Stockholm and the School of Visual Arts in New York, as well as fine arts at Beaux-Arts de Paris.

The exhibition and the artist’s work have been supported by the Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation, the Kimmo Kaivanto Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnfoto, and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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