Tuula Alajoki (b. 1975, Finland) is a photography oriented independent curator. Her curatorial interest is in social issues and topics outside the mainstream with ambitious approaches in both art and documentary photography. Since 2008 she has collaborated internationally with numerous artists, institutions and photo festivals. For ten years she worked for the Backlight Photo Festival, the last six as it’s curator and director.

In 2017 Alajoki produced and curated a year long exhibition tour Independence Through the Lenses, featuring over 100 works from seven Finnish photographic artists. The exhibition was  shown in eight European locations as part of the Programme on the centenary of Finland’s independence.  Her recent curatorial works haven taken place at the Latvian Museum of Photography (2021, 2019) and at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow (2019). She was also assigned for A Woman’s Work collaboration, lead by Ffotogallery in Cardiff, UK and supported by the Creative Europe Programme (2018-2020).

Alajoki ‘s educational background is in visual arts with a Masters degree in Art. She has later completed her studies with art history and theory. Along side curating Alajoki currently teaches on photography and operates in a visual band Whack ‘n’ Bite with visual artist and designer Johanna Havimäki.


As a curator I find my role supportive. I identify myself more as the caretaker, than a star maker. If you think we would get along, do not hesitate to contact me for a content driven collaboration.

Tuula Alajoki

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