Tuesday 16.7 at 6pm: Opening of The Sea and the People – photographs from Morocco, an exhibition by Hannele Luhtasela-el Showk

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are warmly invited to the opening of The Sea and the People – photographs from Morocco, an exhibition of photographs by Hannele Luhtasela-el Showk, on Tuesday 16.7 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11). Refreshments will be served and the photographer will gladly discuss the exhibit!

The exhibition will last from Wednesday 17.7 at noon to Saturday 27.7 at 6pm.


You are all most welcome.

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Hannele Luhtasela-el Showk

Morocco is often described as exotic and mysterious – words which conjure up images of the foreign, the unknown, and the Other. As is
often the case with unfamiliar cultures, these stories are little more than fantasies and fairy tales. Somewhere between the sparkling beaches and the desert tours is the real Morocco, a country of ordinary people whose lives are full of wealth and poverty in all their forms.

This exhibition presents my view and experiences of this country – slices of life garnered over a series of visits during the last few years. I want to give you a peek behind the veil of mystery and offer a glimpse of what’s not shown in travel magazines. I want to show you the beauty of the people and the landscapes, as well as sights and moments which may be less beautiful but all the more real, present and palpable. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.

Hannele Luhtasela-el Showk is a freelance photographer based in Helsinki, whose relationship with Morocco has grown over several visits to her partner’s family near Rabat. Although her knowledge of the country, its people and its culture is still superficial, she has started to build her own view of this diverse and different country, a view which will certainly continue to change once she moves
there later this year.