31 July — 29 November, 2020
The photographs he took of friends and partners, to use as inspiration and reference-pictures for his world-famous homoerotic drawings, are now exhibited for the first time at Fotografiska. Curated by Berndt Arell, in cooperation with Fotografiska's exhibition producer Jessica Jarl, The Darkroom is an exciting study in artist Tom of Finland's (born Touko Laaksonen) life and work-process – something that originally took place in dark rooms. This year it's 100 years since he was born, and once again there are forces trying to relegate homosexual desire into dark closets.
The exhibition is produced by Fotografiska in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation.
”This never before shown treasure trove of images gives a deeper insight into how his skilfully drawn super-macho men were created. Each drawing could consist of several references from several different photographs.”, says curator Berndt Arell.
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