Lund & Gatska – Suomi Barbie

Ukrainalaisen valokuvaajan Daria Gatskan ja suomalaisen valokuvaajan Aja Lundin yhteisprojekti.

Daria ja Aja tapasivat Novia-ammattikorkeakoulussa Pietarsaaressa, jossa he opiskelivat valokuvausta. He huomasivat heti, että he pitävät spontaaneista seikkailuista. He ovat toteuttaneet monia kuvaussessioita, joissa fantasia ja todellisuus sekä vahva ystävyys ovat sitoutuneet yhteen.

Vaikka Daria muutti Portoon, hänen ja Ajan välinen yhteydenpito on jatkunut. Kun Daria tuli vierailulle Suomeen ja näki vaaleanpunaisen muovituolin, sai hän samana viikonloppuna, kun Barbie-elokuva sai ensi-iltansa idean kuvasarjaan. Miten me kuvittelisimme keski-ikäisen suomalaisen Barbien? Mitä hän tekee? Missä ja kuka on Ken?

Muutaman intensiivisen päivän aikana Daria ja Aja etsivät kuvauspaikkoja ja rekvisiittaa, lähtivät maaseudulle ja löysivät Kenin ruokakaupasta. He aikovat jatkaa projektia lisäkuvilla, ja kun sota on ohi, he haluavat tehdä sarjan ukrainalaisesta Barbiesta sen kotimaisemissa.

Miltä sinun Barbisi näyttää ja mitä pelejä hän pelaa?

Ett samarbete mellan den ukrainska fotografen Daria Gatska och den finländska fotografen Aja Lund.

Daria och Aja träffades på Novia i Jakobstad där de studerade fotografi och insåg genast att de gillade att ge sig ut på spontana äventyr. Många fotosessioner har avverkats där fantasi och verklighet och en stark vänskap har knutits samman.

Trots att Daria flyttade till Porto har kontakten mellan henne och Aja fortsatt. När Daria kom på besök till Finland såg hon en rosa plaststol och fick en idé till en fotoserie samma helg som Barbie-filmen hade premiär. Hur skulle vi visualisera en medelålders finsk Barbie? Vad håller hon på med? Var och vem är Ken?

Under några intensiva dagar letade Daria och Aja efter platser och rekvisita och gav sig ut på landsbygden och hittade Ken i en mataffär. De planerar att fortsätta projektet med ytterligare bilder och när kriget är över vill de göra en serie med ukrainska Barbie i sina hemlandskap.

Hur ser din Barbie ut och vilka lekar leker hon?

A collaboration between Ukrainian photographer Daria Gatska and Finnish photographer Aja Lund

Was there something about their long hair, Daria’s dark and Aja’s blonde, that wanted to intertwine? They met at Novia University in Jakobstad where they studied photography and immediately realized that they liked going on spontaneous adventures. Many photo sessions have been completed where fantasy and reality and a strong friendship have been tied together.

Despite Daria moving to Porto, the contact between her and Aja has continued. When Daria came to visit Finland, she saw a pink plastic chair and got an idea for a photo series the same weekend that the Barbie movie premiered. Like Barbie doll plays where everything is possible, we have played on through our photo projects and made everything possible!

How would we visualize a middle-aged Finnish Barbie? What is she doing? Where and who is Ken? During a few intense days we searched for locations and props and went out into the Finnish countryside and found Ken in a grocery store.

We plan to continue the project with additional images and later visualize an Ukrainian Barbie.

What does your inner and outer Barbie look like? What is she doing?

We started to do our interpretation and after the first photos was made, we asked AI to describe a Finnish middle-aged Barbie:


Chat gpt answer

Here’s a description of a fictional Finnish middle-aged Barbie: Name: ”Suomi Barbie” (Suomi means Finland in Finnish)



Suomi Middle-Aged Barbie’s would have a more mature appearance than the classic Barbie, with visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Her body proportions might be more realistic compared to the traditional Barbie, emphasizing a healthy and fit lifestyle rather than extreme proportions. She would have long, straight blonde hair, which is a common hair color among the Finnish population. She might also have streaks of gray or silver hair, embracing her age.



Suomi Middle-Aged Barbie’s outfit would be inspired by traditional Finnish clothing. She might wear a brightly colored, embroidered folk dress called a ”kansallispuku” or ”national costume,” which is a symbol of Finnish heritage. The dress would be adorned with intricate patterns and designs, often inspired by nature.



To pay homage to Finland’s love for outdoor activities, Suomi Middle-Aged Barbie could come with accessories like cross-country skiing equipment, a miniature sauna set, or a small basket of fresh berries, as picking wild berries is a popular Finnish pastime during the summer months. Accessories would be chosen to complement her style, including practical yet stylish items like scarves, handbags, and comfortable footwear for the Finnish climate.


Personality and Interests:

Her packaging and marketing might emphasize qualities like independence, intelligence, and a strong sense of individuality, which are traits often associated with middle-aged women in Finland. Suomi Middle-Aged Barbie would be portrayed as an outdoorsy and nature-loving individual, reflecting Finland’s strong connection to its natural surroundings. She might be depicted as someone who enjoys activities like hiking, camping, fishing and also reading books by Finnish authors. Additionally, she would have a passion for Finnish traditions, such as sauna bathing and celebrating Midsummer.


Box Design:

The packaging for Suomi Middle-Aged Barbie could feature images of Finland’s breathtaking landscapes, including its forests, lakes, and the Northern Lights. It might also include fun facts about Finnish culture, history, and landmarks to educate and entertain those who purchase her.

IBIS Open Walls 2023

Ibis Open Walls

Käytä hyväksesi tilaisuus esitellä kuviasi Valokuvagalleria Ibiksessä!

Tarjoamme sinulle näyttelytilaa Valokuvagalleria Ibiksessä ajalle 18.2-16.4.2023.
Olemme jakaneet gallerian seinät 20 ruuduksi ja haluamme, että juuri sinä esittäydyt yhdessä ruuduista. Ruudut ovat 110 cm leveitä ja korkeus on 230 cm. Saat vapaat kädet hyödyntää omaa ruutuasi.
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Ilmoittaudu sähköpostilla ja kirjoita aihe-kenttään: Open Walls 2023. Muista kertoa meille myös nimesi ja puhelinnumerosi, jotta voimme ottaa sinuun yhteyttä.

Utnyttja chansen att ställa ut på fotogalleri Ibis!

Vi bjuder in dig att ställa ut på fotogalleri Ibis under tiden 18.2-16.4.2023.
Vi har delat in galleriets väggar i tjugo rutor och vill att just du skall ställa ut hos oss! Rutorna är 110 cm breda och höjden är 230 cm. Du får fria händer att utnyttja din egen ruta.
Det är först till kvarn som gäller!
Anmäl dig till en plats via epost till oss och sätt som ärende: Open Walls 2023. Bifoga ditt telefonnummer så att vi kan nå dig.

Take the opportunity to exhibit at Photogallery IBIS!

We invite you to exhibit at the photo gallery Ibis during the period 16.2-18.4.2023.
We have divided the gallery walls into twenty squares and we want you to exhibit with us! The squares are 110 cm wide and the height is 230 cm. You get free hands to use your own area.
The Principle is: “first to the mill does the first grinding”
Sign up for a square by emailing us at with the Subject: “Open Walls 2023”.
Attach your name and phone number to the application so we can reach you.



Our aim is, and has been over the past years, to keep analog film and photography alive and accessible in the nordic baltic region and to promote its transformation into the future. For almost a decade Filmverkstaden has been offering the facilities needed for working with analog film and photography, as well as organising hands on workshops, film screenings and other related projects. Seizing the occasion of Filmverkstadens 10th anniversary, we intend to introduce these unique art forms to a broad public and to sustain these art forms by means of a festival, comprising of a 3-month exhibition, a public programme with workshops, film screenings and live cinema performances and a labs meeting. We aim to create a meeting point of exchange and engagement of ideas and experiences around filmic creation.

The exhibition is not only an overview of works made by members and guest artists at the unique facilities of Filmverkstaden, it is also an overview of the current state of what is happening within the world of analog film and photography. The works on display are all analog or have been initiated on analog film, providing a unique opportunity to dive into a world of alchemy, where light becomes silver. It offers the rare opportunity of experiencing expanded cinema works and works on the boundaries of analog film and photography.

The exhibition will be curated by Sarah Schipschack, film curator, programmer, and producer, based in Tromsø,
Norway, in collaboration with Britt Al-Busultan, founder and director of Filmverkstaden and artist working with expanded cinema. The exhibition focuses on analog film and photography, digital works initiated on analog, installation and two dimensional works that explore the concept of (moving) image in all possible forms and appearances. Characteristic are the handmade aspect, the experiments and the innovative techniques.


Invited artists working with analog photography:

Dagie Brundert (DE)

Dagie Brundert (1962) studied visual arts and experimental film when she fell in love with her
super 8 camera (Nizo). Since then she has been trying to be a particle-finder, a wave-catcher, and a
good story-teller, always looking for and absorbing weird beautiful things from this world,
chewing and spitting them out again.


Daniel Beijar (FI)

Daniel Beijar has been engaging himself with analog techniques for more than a decade. His interests go everywhere from double8 filming to large format photography and collodium wet plate. Since the last couple of years, he had specialised himself in environmental friendly techniques. Beijar develops film and photographs in coffee and makes cyanotypes.


Claudia Hausfeld (IS/DE)

Claudia Hausfeld (b. 1980) was born in Berlin and lives and works in Reykjavík. She studied photography at the Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland and graduated from the Art Academy of Iceland in 2012. She has been an active member in several artist run exhibition spaces in Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland. Claudia Hausfeld creates spaces that play with the reliability of the visual. She works primarily with the deconstruction of the photographic image. Memory, perception and the sense of reality that is inherent in photography is being put to a test. Questions about the representation of what is visible are translated into collages, objects and text works, combining photography, sculpture, images and sound.


Elvira Akzigitova (EE)

Elvira Akzigitova (1988) is an analog visual artist from the ex-Soviet cement suburbia in Estonia. Photography is her way of dealing with a shifting and fragmented environment. Her work uncovers the bond between form and content, as well as the ambivalence between intension and chance. After many years of working with digital formats, she came back to the cracks and crunches of film and non-traditional darkroom processes. She chooses in-depth and pure methods of visualisation, as opposed to cold digital detachment.