Tungmálm – From the Darknesses and Depths (2009–2018)

Tungmálm – From the Darknesses and Depths (2009–2018) is a photo series by Eija Mäkivuoti. This photo series is part of an on-going, long-term visual and narrative inquiry that deals with different aspects of the Faroe Islands, its culture, and its people, with whom I have been working with since 2008. Part of the project has been dissemination of the co-produced materials in different creative forms during the past years. Most noticeable was a photo book published in 2015.

Through this photo series, a story is told about the Faroe Islands. In the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, chiselled by nature’s relentless forces, lives a people immensely proud of their country and its 1,000-year-old history. Through these photographs a somewhat different view of the Faroe Islands emerges, one that digs beneath the surface, looks beyond the obvious and journeys into a fragment of a culture. It is a ballad, a tale about friendship, magical places and metal music (called tungmálm in Faroese).

This photo series is a work-in-progress.