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Jacopo Brancati started Viapori Dockard, a Bridge to The Future (2011-2014) to arouse interest in the dockyard, the ships and so help preserve this precious but fragile part of Finland's heritage.

His pictures lead the visitor to discover life and work at the dockyard, where the mature and the young work side by side, sharing experiences, fatigue and laughter, freezing temperatures and warm sunny days, until the ships are ready to slip out of their winter cocoons and set sails again.

The exhibition soundtrack, by the kantele player and composer Arja Kastinen, is an evocative journey into the world of images through music, voices and sounds.


The Viapori historic dockyard boasts almost three centuries of uninterrupted activity. Where warships were once built, ships with historical significance are now restored.

Every winter the dockyard shelters a fleet of traditional wooden sailing ships built in the aftermath of WWII for the coastal trade.

They ensured the supply of building materials for the reconstruction of Helsinki, were meant to work hard and live short.

Thanks to two generations of people who sailed and lovingly preserved them, a few of these ships survive.


IDEA and LAYOUT EXHIBITION: Jacopo Brancati, Infine Arts

  • Photographs: Jacopo Brancati
  • Soundtrack: Arja Kastinen
  • Exhibition curator: Sonia Olcese
  • Production manager: Ilkka Jäntti
  • Production: Viaporin Telakka r.y.
  • Fine art prints: Siim Vahur,  ArtProof, Tallinn
  • Panels and textile prints: Pixmill, Helsinki
  • Building and lightboxes: Niko Rissanen, Helsinki


THANKS for participating in the production and for advisory support:

  • ViaporinTelakka: workers and ship crews
  • Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland: Mikael Korhonen, Marika Rosenström
  • Helsingin Kaupunginmuseon arkisto: Tuomas Myrén
  • Museovirasto: Hannu Matikka
  • Kansallinen audiovisuaalinen instituutti: Tommi Partanen


Generous and friendly help: Anita and Ilkka Jäntti, Olli Tappola, Jouni Wirta, Mirkku Ronimus, Piia Tuomainen, Minna Santakari, Restaurant Chapman


Memories and pictures: Markku Melkko, Jaakko Olkkonen,

Pasi Leino, Seppo Vanhanen

Viapori Dockyard - Maritime Museum of Finland, 2014
Viapori Dockyard - Maritime Museum of Finland, 2014
Viapori Dockyard - Maritime Museum of Finland, 2014

photos Merikeskus Vellamo and Infine Arts ©2016-2023


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