Feeling at home: in the body, the family and the society | 2nd March | Berlin

Finland celebrates 2017 its 100th anniversary. At the core of those celebrations is the homeland and linked to it the notion of home. In this discussion the panelists look into the question what “home” means to different people in different contexts. The focus is on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and their experiences in relation to their bodies, their families and their homelands: Are they able or allowed to feel at home in those sites?

The panelists will scrutinize in particular the life and work of Touko Laaksonen, the man behind Tom of Finland, who is known for his homoerotic fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. How was Touko Laaksonen’s relationship to his homeland Finland? What experiences did Tom of Finland have with his family? And how did his art works impact definitions of masculinity and the body?

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.31” x 8.19”, © Tom of Finland Foundation

Panel Discussion in English

Dr. Laura Hirvi, The Finnish Institute in Germany
Pekka Strang (Actor, Tom of Finland movie)

Susanna Luoto (Curator, Tom of Finland Foundation)
Dr. Klaus Mueller, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum
Prof. Anu Koivunen, University of Stockholm

Thursday, 2p

The discussion is organized as part of the Tom of Finland exhibition in Salon Dahlmann and as part of the #MobileHome2017 project at the Finnish Institute in Berlin in collaboration with Homotopia and the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum.


“Behind the Scenes: Tom of Finland Movie” | 23rd February | Turku

Film City Turku presents an exhibition which allows visitors to take a glimpse behind the scenes of a film shoot and opens the door to the fascinating world of filmmaking. Dome Karukoski’s international biopic tells the inspiring story of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920‒1991), whose art changed the world. The exhibition features film props, costumes and set designs as well as making-of still photographs and video interviews of the cast and crew.

The exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible for visitors with restricted mobility.

23.2.–4.6. Tue-Sun 11–19
5.6.–13.8. Mon-Sun 11–19

Ticket prices:
Adults 9 €
Reduced price 5 € (children aged 6-18, students, pensioners, unemployed, conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service)
Familyticket (2 adults + 2-4 children) 24 €


“Smoke + Mirrors” | 4th March | LA

Stefan Pinto uses intimate portraits of differently bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to produce a brilliant new vision of community. His photography is filled with smoke and mirrors, flashing-hot strobe lights, and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements of the sweetest intimacy. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are his canvas. In Smoke and Mirrors, Pinto produces a compelling photographic survey, chronicling a post modern age of multiracial, multicultural and gender-fluid people who inhabit Pinto’s portraiture. His luminous images are filled with tender interactions. His solo portraits intimately connect us with their subjects. This is the artist-photographer’s first solo exhibition and it is a thrilling and auspicious debut. 

The people who live in Stefan Pinto’s photographs are in deep conversation and they all have something to say. Like Diane Arbus, Pinto evokes the human condition with a deep love and respect for his subjects. Each person in Pinto’s world is making a statement about affection, desire, and vulnerability. Within his mirrored photo booth and mini sets, Pinto makes his subjects visually compelling. With strobe lights and mirrored reflections he gives us a double look at his subjects that is highly revelatory. He ferrets out their individuality and directs them to reveal who they truly are. Sometimes he anoints them with smoke, other times you might catch Pinto’s own reflection in their portraits.

Artists see with indelible eyes and they are capable of great vision. That’s what Stefan Pinto achieves. His mirrors reflect what Pinto wants us to see. These amazing portraits explore the complexities of human need and the yearnings of us all to be connected. Pinto’s initial foray into this body of work can be seen in a small portfolio published by Out Magazine.

Reception 7-10p

On view through 25th March