What is home?
Åland is an autonomous group of islands between Sweden and Finland. The islands belong to Finland but the official language is Swedish. With its population of just over 28 000 the island group is home to people who speak over 50 different languages and represent nearly 100 different nations. Welcome home is about immigration to Åland and thoughs about home.
Alisa, Alloy, Jamal, Jocelyn, Kati, Bas, Lilibeth, Maria, Marina, Mischa, Nicolae, Oleg, Solvita and Stephen are a few of them who have moved to Åland and are presented in this project, through texts and photographs, in their homes.
Welcome home was published as a book in 2014 and shown as an exhibition on Åland 2014 and in Helsinki 2015. Interviews and texts are by Staffan Beijar, photographs are by me, Maria Rosenlöf. Welcome home was inititated by the Åland’s Multicultural Society and the Nordic Institute of Åland.