Suvi Jalli interviews Susanna Luoto from Tom of Finland Foundation [with English subtitles].
Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”. Tom of Finland’s given name was Touko – because he was born on 8th May, on the southwest coast of Finland, and “May” in Finnish is “Toukokuu”.
Tom of Finland is one of Finland’s most internationally renowned artists. The master of homoerotic art was also an advertising art director, whose correspondence has survived from more than six different decades.
The correspondence introduces Touko as a young man, a soldier of the Continuation War, a musician, an advertiser, a brother, a beloved uncle, a friend, and finally an older man suffering with disease. Behind the letters emerges a modest, humane, humorous and creative man who loved music. Later, for Tom, music was replaced by art whose influence and legacy has become greater than he could even dream of.
Correspondence of Tom of Finland
The exhibition, Unforgettable Letters from Finland, runs through 31st January 2021 in Tampere, Finland.
— ranneliike net (@ranneliike) June 4, 2020
Published: 3rd June 2020Tags: #TOMs100, Postal Exhibition, Postimuseo, Susanna Luoto