PHOTO || SERIES

500 YEARS OF HATE (ongoing)

She went to an apartment viewing but was not let in. Guards follow her in markets when she is shopping, and she lies to her daughter, telling her that it’s only “because they like us so much”. Finland: The best place to live. The most stable country. The most equal country. The worlds most literate nation. But only if you happen to be the right kind of person. Finnish Roma have been stigmatized and discriminated for the whole 500 years of history that they have existed in this land we now call Finland. Generations after generations have grown up to face different shapes of humiliation. Robbers and thieves, troublemakers; this is the only story I remember was ever told of them. In 1917, when Finland got independent, Finnish Roma were given full citizenship. Though the 10 000 people minority has left their vagabond lifestyle decades ago and is living as whoever Finns, there is still a huge psychical gap separating them and the so called main population. The lack of interaction between people allows all the preconceptions continue spreading and therefore causing pain. (This is an ongoing project, Finland 2016-)

STORIES FROM FINLAND

Tell me a story, Pew.What kind of story, child?A story with a happy ending.There’s no such thing in all the world.As a happy ending?As an ending. (Shot for a documentary film Stories From Finland / Tarinoita Suomesta, Inland Film Company / YLE, 2016…

EL PRINCIPE

In the south of the Spanish exclave city of Ceuta in northwest Africa locates a 12,000 residents' neighborhood of El Principe. The neighborhood is sometimes called as ”the most dangerous neighborhood in Europe”, and though illegal drug trade is not so common as back in the days, gangs are still fully controlling the area with their guns and visitors are not welcome. The unemployment rate in the neighborhood is around 80% which has made it a fruitful soil for ISIS recruiters. During the past few years many young people, men and women, have travelled to the conflict zones in Middle East to become fighters of the terrorism organization. Residents of the neighborhood feel frustrated because they are often stigmatized by local people as well as by media, and Ceuta's politicians are not doing enough to help and support the neighborhood to change to better. (Spain/Morocco, 2016 || for Lännen Media)

I LIVE HERE

Palestine, 2015