MoA Master
Image
Photo: Juuso Westerlund

Image
Photo: Juuso Westerlund

Image
Photo: Juuso Westerlund

 
Juuso Westerlund
PHOTOGRAPHY
1975, FINLAND

A KARAOKE PEOPLE
Statement
Karaokekansa (‘A Karaoke People’), two years in the making, is a photographic account of Finnish karaoke. The book is a concise period piece on contemporary Finns in the framework of karaoke. It is an account of a taciturn people, who are not even able to take their eyes from their own toes while conversing with one another, yet who want to sing about their joys and sorrows to unknown people in the limelight of their local, night after night. Is karaoke a phenomenon that reached Finland during the 1990s depression and took hold of the people like cigarette smoke after a night out, or are we just continuing our ancient Kalevala folk song tradition into the third millennium? Avain kustannus will publish the book, with texts by journalist Antti Helin, in autumn 2007.
Biography

Juuso Westerlund studied photography in Turku Arts Academy and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, from where he graduated with an M.A. in 2007. He has worked as a freelancer for numerous magazines and advertising agencies and for the past two years he has been shooting photos for a book on Finnish karaoke. The book will be published in autumn 2007. Juuso Westerlund is a member of the Turbo 10 collective.

Contact information
+358 50 362 2397
juuso.westerlund@gmail.com
Press photo
taik_lume_logoteng