Photographer Tuija Lindström has passed away

Portrait of Tuija Lindström

Tuija Lindström passed away on Monday, 26 December 2017.


Tuija Lindström (born 1950 in Kotka, Finland) will be remembered as one of the great legends of Swedish photography.


She graduated from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1984 and gained great recognition when exhibited in a group show at Camera Obscura. Lindström's work was at this time centered on a narrative with focus on a female experience where the male gaze and patriarchal structures were investigated. This theme also characterized the photographic series ‘The Girls at Bull's Pond’ (1991), which can be counted as her public breakthrough. Other subject matters in her work revolves around memories and recollections, time and social issues.


In 1992 Lindström was appointed professor at the Photo Academy, now the School of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. As the first woman on the position, Tuija Lindström was significant for the introduction of a more artistic and theoretical photography where philosophy and art history were incorporated in the training, and served as a great role model and predecessor for female photographers.


Lindström's works have been featured in numerous exhibitions since the early eighties, including Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, 2004; the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, 2012 and Gothenburg Museum of Art in 2010 and 2000. Her works are represented in various museum collections such as the Moderna Museet, Stockholm and at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.


Galerie Forsblom will deeply miss her warm personality and remember her unfailing interest and support for her fellow friends and artists.