Do Not Believe Everything
- Concept and Photography: Henrik Malmström
- Book Design: Ricardo Baéz
- Texts: Paavo Järvensivu, L.E.G., Tero Toivanen
- Digital Retouch: Bob Lightowler
- Publisher: Pseudo Editions
- Edition: 200
- Printing: Printon, Tallinn
- Binding: Paperback, with white silkscreen on cover and back cover
- Pagination: 160 pages (21 x 30 cm)
- Illustrations: 60 b/w images and 19 color images
- Photographed: 2012
- Published: September 2022
- Additional Notes: Work produced during AIR period at Mustarinda (September 2012)
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Before the arrival of Christianity, Finland still possessed a vast mythological tradition, its own way
of explaining the world, how the world was created and how it functions, a communal identity, dating back thousands of years.
In 2012 Henrik Malmström arrived in the region of Kainuu —the cradle of the Finnish national epic— with the intention of illustrating this mythology with images.
Once on spot, he was disappointed: “This region is now among the poorest in the country. The ancient culture no longer exists.”
He stayed, however, near the Paljakka Strict Nature Reserve, to photograph the old-growth forest growing there.
During this time, Malmström’s attention was drawn to minor news items published in the local newspaper, about “things that happen in the region, around this forest. Tragicomic and violent events, that were in a way very characteristic of Finland and of small Finnish localities.”
In their strikingness and crudeness, Malmström’s photographs of the forest resemble the short news items: “For me, the violence and the forest are in resonance.”
Unknowingly, Malmström assembles a modern and peculiar account of today’s Finland —a Finland that will also be lost in the course of time— in an era when we must learn to not believe everything we see.
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