The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger is the Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography, which is the leading museum of photography in Finland with a remarkable collection. The Museum was founded 1969. Along with the main exhibitions – exhibiting mostly contemporary photographic art – Rastenberger is responsible for the gallery's program for the emerging photographers. Her career among photography has included curating international contemporary lens based art exhibitions (for example for the 4th Moscow Biennale, special projects), portfolio reviews on many European countries, writing articles for several international publications. She is also a member of the board of the largest international residency centre in Finland HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. Rastenberger is an expert in Nordic contemporary photographic art. She is a popular guest lecturer in several universities and art institutions in Europe. Previously Rastenberger has worked as a researcher in the Academy of Finland's research project for five years, as an educational curator at The Helsinki Art Museum and as the editor-in-chief of KUVA – the Finnish magazine of visual culture.
Rastenberger can offer possibilities for solo or group exhibitions to photographers with the most interesting body of work. A number of photographers exhibited by The Finnish Museum of Photography's gallery program and Rastenberger's other international curatorial activities were discovered at portfolio reviews. She can also offer good contacts to Northern Europe's photography art scene. She can offer an insightful feedback of vision and editing of photography series.
Rastenberger is interested in contemporary photographic art and lens based art, which has strong vision in conceptual and/or aesthetic approach. Documentary projects are also in her focus. She is interested in seeing both complete series and the work in process. She is not particularly interested in commercial or fashion photography or the classic black and white nude photography.