When 400,000 Karelians were forced to leave their homes in just a few days in late 1939, a culture was torn from the landscape in which it had grown. The fleeing people took with them only the most necessary possessions; all that could be carried by hand. After resettling in unfamiliar places throughout Finland, these items were the only heritage of their lamented homeland. I travelled to Finland to look for my heritage and to gather stories that represent the cherished memory of Karelia. My series captures a utopian landscape; Karelia as it is remembered by the evacuees.
Seán Padraic Birnie • Giola Cassar • Linn Kuhlmann • Charlotte Lambert-Gorwyn • Rachel Maloney • James Murray • Noora Pelkonen • Patty Rentschler • Kirsty Thomas • Nigel Tribbeck •