Friday, February 8, 2008

Why Do They Hate Us?

I apologize for being late to the party, but earlier this week, Colin Pantall posted this story about Esko Mannikko, Deutsche Borse Prize finalist:

"A little bit of background on Esko Mannikko and Finnish photography from a lecture given by Asko Makela in Iceland a few years back.

"Esko Männikkö is a good example of a mythical Finnish man. He does not talk much. Actually he talks quite seldom - like all the men in northern Finland. There is a story of Esko Männikkö’s exhibition opening in New York where he was present. Nan Goldin comes in and asks if they could exchange an artwork. Männikkö says slowly to her: “I hate your works. I change nothing.” He has also surprised galleries by staying in Finland and going for fishing with his silent friends instead of going to the opening of his exhibition."

Detroit rockers The Dirtbombs are apparently also hated in Scandinavia. So keep smiling Nan, you're in good company.



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