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News, 6/6/2016

Miia Autio´s photos at the Athens Photo Festival

Miia Autio’s photos [Refugees Routes] are exhibited at the Athens Photo Festival  from 9th June until 31st July.

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe

The photographer tells about her work:

The connection between nature and one’s identity as well as the idea of landscape as a component of national belonging is a subject that everyone has a personal relationship with. The series approaches these themes in the context of political displacement.

Photo: Mia Autio
Photo: Miia Autio

The connection between nature and one’s identity as well as the idea of landscape as a component of national belonging is a subject that everyone has a personal relationship with. The series approaches these themes in the context of political displacement.

The series tells about Rwandan refugees who have escaped to Europe and about the memories of their original homeland. It portrays Rwandans in several European countries and the landscapes of their memories in Rwanda.

The portraits, landscapes, and interviews form a cohesive entity that considers the relationship between homeland, landscape, and identity while recognising the subjectivity of memories.

At the same time the complicated history of Rwanda and the recent human rights situation is reflected in the personal histories of these people. They lost their original homeland but finally they found new home countries in Europe. Their experiences have made them world citizens. In the end the main question of the series is whether home is just a mental image for us all.

More information Miia Autio/Athens Photo Festival

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Updated 6/6/2016


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