Special exhibition

WOODSIE – Images and stories of relationships with the forest

The Woodsie exhibition gives an insight into contemporary Finns’ relationships with the forest. In 2017 and 2018, Lusto collected Woodsies – or selfies in the woods – asking people to take a selfie in the forest doing something they love or that they typically do there, and to accompany it with a description of their relationship with the forest. WOODSIE – Images and stories of relationships with the forest 19.2.2019–12.1.2020.

These woodsies are stored in Lusto’s collections as part of our forest culture heritage. More than 160 woodsies were submitted, taken in all corners of Finland in all seasons. They were sent by Finns of different ages, who are united by their love for forests, even if what they do in the forest varies considerably.

Finns de-stress, relax, recharge, feel free, gain strength and heal in the woods. You can be yourself in the forest. The forest is admired, loved, observed, experienced through the senses and photographed. People mourn for the loss of a familiar forest. The forest brings on wonder, new ideas, inspiration, creativity, it puts people in the zone. People go to the woods by themselves as well as in good company; they seem to especially like the company of their families, dogs and horses.

One’s relationship with the forest is often built on childhood memories and playing in the woods. You can rediscover the forest as an adult.

The forest can mean a profession and a workplace for those in jobs such as forestry, teaching or running nature-related businesses. People manage their forests lovingly and with long-term commitment, cherishing the environment and respecting generations past and future.

The Finnish people’s diverse relationship with the forest was among the first phenomena to be included in the National Inventory of Living Heritage in 2017. Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum is a national specialist museum of forest culture, and its mission is to strengthen relationships with the forest.

The exhibition is produced by Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum.

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