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(Aug 17, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018)


The joint project of three women—reporter Maria Seppälä, writer Katja Kettu, and photographer Meeri Koutaniemi—Fintiaanit chronicles an intense three-year journey of exploration in North America, documenting the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Arriving at the turn of the 20th century, Finnish immigrants settled in this region to work in the mines and forests of the Upper Midwest, where they gradually forged bonds with members of the Ojibwe tribe. The two groups shared an intimacy with nature and a similar view of the world.

This exhibition was born from the project book, In the Land of the Finndiansa unique collaboration of Katja Kettu, a best-selling author, Meeri Koutaniemi, a top photographer, and Maria Seppälä, a seasoned documentary filmmaker.