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Sau­na Syn­tyneet – Born in Sau­na – 13th Octo­ber 2017

We are still in Tam­pe­re in Finn­land and we are get­ting to the cen­ter­pie­ce of the trip to the coun­try of forests, lakes and – sau­na. This is what it was all about. After a long time of inten­se work and pre­pa­ra­ti­ons, Alex­an­der Lembke could proud­ly open his exhi­bi­ti­on on Fri­day the 13th (that should bring some luck!).

Of cou­se you don’t have to show the peop­le in Fin­land what a sau­na loo­ks like. The­re are about 5.5 mil­li­on Finns, and they have got several mil­li­on sau­nas. If you live in Fin­land, then you know what a sau­na loo­ks like. If you live on the Ork­ney Islands, then you know what the sea loo­ks like.

Hence, Alex could fokus on his main sub­ject: Sau­na Syn­tyneet – Born in Sau­na. Lar­ge por­traits cover almost a cen­tu­ry of Finish life and histo­ry with peop­le who were born in a sau­na. Not just by chan­ce, as one might be mis­led to belie­ve (unless you real­ly know Fin­land), but becau­se the sau­na was and some­ti­mes still is con­si­de­red an appro­pria­te place for that kind of thing, for prac­ti­cal and cul­tu­ral rea­sons. Today, most Finns are born in modern hos­pi­tals, but it is still not unhe­ard of that someo­ne sees the light of the world in a sau­na. Of cour­se not one of the­se modern well­ness things that most non-Fin­nish peop­le con­si­der a sau­na, but a pri­va­te one that has been fami­ly pro­per­ty over genera­ti­ons.

Insti­tu­ti­ons inclu­ding the Goe­the-Insti­tu­te, the town of Tam­pe­re and th Fin­nish Sau­na Asso­cia­ti­on have sup­por­ted the exhi­bi­ti­on and were repre­sen­ted at the ope­ning, giving it an appro­pria­te­ly worthy frame with a cou­p­le of speaches. Some of tho­se who­se por­traits are forming the core of the exhi­bi­ti­on were also pre­sent.

Gal­le­ry – Sau­na Syn­tyneet – Born in Sau­na – 13th Octo­ber 2017

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

During the later cour­se of the evening, the­re was an excur­si­on to the object of sci­ence and pas­si­on: a sau­na. A real Fin­nish one, actual­ly the oldest public sau­na that is still in use in Fin­land! I did not take any pho­tos the­re, that is some­thing that you just don’t do (unless you are Alex and you have spent a lot of time to know tho­se who are invol­ved). So I can only recom­mend to you to take a trip to Fin­land and get some real sau­na expe­ri­ence! It is more than worth it!

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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