Silent Talks.

Photographs by Jaakko Heikkilä.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011. 128 pp., 75 color illustrations, 11¾x11¾".

Publisher's Description
Finnish artist Jaakko Heikkilä has long been interested in various small and minority communities around the world. In 'Silent Talks' he meets people on the shores of the White Sea in Russia, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, and on the Brazilian island of Itaparica. He lives with Vlachs in little villages in Eastern Serbia. He follows Armenians from their homeland to Los Angeles and Venice, listening to the history of their family three generations after the genocide of 1915–1918.

Heikkilä started his journey with Finnish-speaking minorities in northern Sweden and has finally come back to listen to the sounds of his home – the Torne River Valley, the northern border of Finland and Sweden. Jaakko Heikkilä’s empathy for his subjects appears in his intimate and poetic images. They are an expression of peoples’ right to live, regardless of community.

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