Opening:31 May, 2018
Professional visitors:31 May, 2018
Opening to public:31 May, 2018
Ola Kolehmainen received in 2014 a commission of the Borusan Collection of Istanbul to develop a photographic project about the Byzantine tradition and the mosques build by the ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Ola Kolehmainen’s work has been characterized for always presents images of contemporary architecture and in this occasion, and for the first time, historical buildings became the object of work. From the order and for his stay in Istanbul, Ola kolehmainen conceived in parallel the idea of the series Sacred Spaces in which spirituality is linked again with contemporary creation through an extensive study of the aesthetic and historic legacy of the religious architecture.
The process of photographing antic empty buildings takes to the artist almost fourth years of work. The pieces are the result of an exhausting research of lighting and framings, based only in the natural light and artificial pre-existing of the building without any type of effect or manipulation. Each place require take the views in one hour and carefully selected in an determinate moment of the year to capture the desired environment.
In determinate pieces of this series Kolehmainen develop a new visual approach based on an of fragmentation and deconstruction technique. The views of the spaces are divide and they reassembled again in a lucky collage through multiples perspectives that crate one unique image. In this way, the photographs offer a tree-dimensional sensation through a greater depth fields and wide ranch of lights and shadows. Kolehmainen compares this technique of details adjusted with the reading of a book:
“You get caught. Stuck on details. Drawn in. We get to go back. Focus on a point of reference. The frame helps us focus on the details within it”
The result of the project divides a visual celebration where the atmosphere and the light are the common thread that intertwines images of the buildings of the main monotheistic religions. The ancient churches, synagogues and mosques contribute in the work of the artist with a new research paradigm in the research that captures sublimity and mysticism. At the same time, his work reflexes the points in common and underlines the mutual influences of the deferens religions inviting the viewer to the reflection about universal nature of sacred spaces.