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Blue years

A short documentary by Maria Mäki with two different perspectives on Sweden Finns. It’s a story of existence, language, and longing. Antti, 75, was born in a Sami family, and Lovisa, 29, grew up surrounded by Swedes. Both of them have learned Finnish in early life which has had an impact on their self-image, and also it has challenged the definition of national identity.

Photographer Maria Mäki is the first to be awarded the residence at Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography and in spring 2018, Mäki spent two months in Västerbotten working with a documentary project. During her stay, she created the film Blue years. Maria Mäki has a master’s degree in photojournalism at Mid Sweden University.

The aim of the residence is to further/support the documentary image, its photographers and filmmakers, and act in favor of contemporary documentation. As well as supporting the exploration and possibilities of documentary photography.

Contact and information

Alexandra A. Ellis

Curator, documentary photography
+4690-16 39 38
+4673-926 26 85
alexandra.ellis@vbm.se

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