Harri Laakso

Professori (Associate professor)
Professori (Associate professor)
A806 Department of Art and Media

Harri Laakso is Associate Professor of Photography Research at Aalto University. He works mainly in the Department of Media but also in the Department of Art and Department of Film, Television and Scenography. He is presently also Chair of University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS).

He holds a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College, New York (1991), MA in photography from University of Art and Design Helsinki (1996), Graduate Certificate in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (2003).

Laakso's primary research interests are photographic images and theory, artistic research and word/image relations. He has led many research projects, including “Figures of Touch” (2009-2012, funded by the Academy of Finland). Presently he is senior researcher in the "Floating Peripheries - Mediating the Sense of Place" project (2017-2022). In addition to his own art projects and publications he has curated many exhibitions, e.g. co-curating the Falling Trees exhibitions in the Finnish and Nordic Pavillions at the Venice Biennale (2013).

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Aalto University Annual Excellence Award in Teaching

The president of Aalto University together with university’s top management has decided to award the annual Excellence recognition based on the proposals of the Schools. With this recognition we want to highlight achievements with significant impact in enhancing learning, transdisciplinarity and well-being at Aalto (Excellence in Teaching). The award is for University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) which began with a single course, and then piloted 15 courses on artistic thinking and creative skills for all Aalto students, in every school and discipline, that fostered a lasting interest in, and significant impact on transdisciplinary education.<br/>
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Art Dec 2017


Art of Research 2023

Harri Laakso, Sofia Pantouvaki, Julia Valle-Noronha, Karin Krokfors, Susanna Helke, Priska Falin 2023

Photographic Parafictions (An Aside)

Harri Laakso 2023 Figurations of Peripheries through Arts and Visual Studies

Reposaari - mission impossible

Pia Euro, Taina Rajanti, Harri Laakso, Max Ryynänen 2022 Visual artist’s workbook : essays and exercises on teaching arts

The Tail of a Comet

Harri Laakso 2022 Where do images come from?

Nomadic Science Fiction: Experiencing Diversity and Alterity Through Urbanising Mongolia

Annu Wilenius, Saara Hacklin, Harri Laakso, Taina Rajanti, Pauline von Bonsdorff 2022

Art of Research VII

Harri Laakso, Sofia Pantouvaki, Julia Valle Noronha 2021 Research in Arts and Education

Photography is a Trojan Horse

Harri Laakso 2020 Analog Magazine

Don't Look Now

Harri Laakso 2019