SERGEI PAVLOV: KAIKU at Design Lab Gallery

Written by Fashion Tales

On March 9, 2024, Sergei Pavlov's photo exhibition “Kaiku” (Echo) opens at the Design Lab Gallery in Helsinki.
Sergei Pavlov is a prominent Finnish photographer, who in his art strives to capture the essence of people, places and experiences drawn from his own life.

After being impressed by Pavlov's creative expression, Iittala invited the photographer for an artistic collaboration in 2023. Pavlov's portraits are often taken in natural settings and evoke a sense of nature's forces and philosophical principles. Similarly, this has inspired Iittala's work – with nature's flowing water, sunlight and the diverse elements and forms found on Earth. The collaboration reflects Iittala's commitment to working with artists and participating in interdisciplinary art projects to promote cultural dialogue and creativity.

The collaboration between Iittala and Sergei resulted in a series of evocative photographs, which are now on display in the exhibition “Kaiku”. Pavlov photographs analogously to black and white film, and develops his works in the traditional way in the darkroom. The exhibition shows 12 photographs, including both new and older works from his portfolio.

About Sergei Pavlov
Sergei Pavlov (born 1994) discovered his passion for photography already at the age of 14 while working in a local newspaper editorial office in the town of Somero in Finland. Pavlov's photographs have been published in international fashion and culture magazines such as SSAW, Re-Edition, Replica MAN and have been featured online by i-D, AnOther and Wetransfer. In 2021, Sergei won two prizes from the Festival du Hyères Villa Noailles in France, nominated by Dominique Isserman. After the awards, Pavlov's work continued to grow and has since earned him solo exhibitions at the Villa Noailles in France in 2022 and the Museum of Visual Arts Malva in Finland in 2023. In 2024, Pavlov has two solo exhibitions, one at the Arabia & Iittala Design Center Design Lab Gallery in Finland and one at the Biennale Les Itinéraires Graphiques in France.

Image credits: © Sergei Pavlov, courtesy of the artist and Iittala