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Raittijärvi - The Village of Kaijukka

The beautiful photography of Jyrki Kallio-Koski tells about life in the Sámi village of Raittijärvi over a span of forty years. The location and the accessibility of the village are some of the things that make Raittijärvi so special. The village, situated in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, can only be reached by taking an old, 40-km-long simple road. The dialogue between man and nature is strongly present in the works of photographer Kallio-Koski.

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Oct 16, 2016
Every week until Mar 12, 2017
Contact Name Marjo-Riitta Rantamäki
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Contact Phone +358(0)40 571 5670
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The beautiful photography of Jyrki Kallio-Koski tells about life in the Sámi village of Raittijärvi over a span of forty years. Already as a schoolchild, Kallio-Koski became interested in outdoor life and in documenting nature by photographing. When he began to make fishing and hiking trips in Lapland in the late 1960s, he also became interested in recording the dialogue between man and nature. The ways and the world-view of the inhabitants of Raittijärvi have tempted Kallio-Koski to record the villagers, their everyday lives and how the reindeer-herding way of life is passed from one generation to another.

The location of Raittijärvi is one of the special features of the village. The community is situated in the northernmost part of the municipality of Enontekiö, in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area in the north-western part of Finland. You can reach the village by taking a 40-kilometre simple road either with a snowmobile in winter or an ATV in summer. Earlier, the only way to get to the village was to ski or walk. The life of the village is based on reindeer and reindeer herding. There are about ten houses in the community, and they are inhabited according to the seasonal migration pattern of herding. But the village is never completely deserted, as there is always someone staying in one of the houses.

The exhibition is a homage to the villagers and their way of life. Jyrki Kallio-Koski

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