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Vilppula prison - an open jail in middle Finland

Vilppula prison is an open jail near Tampere, Finland. There are about 90 inmates and 30 prison staff in it. The open jail system is not built with 8-meter-tall concrete wall, but invisible rules. No inmates wear any electronic device, and they are free to go out to work, study or participate training. 

In the short film Vilppula Prison, we interviewed two inmates who talked about their experience in Vilppula, compared with their time in closed prison. The director of Vilppula also talked about the meaning of such a system for a better society.

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 Photo by YIN Zi


Löyly, the essence of Finnish sauna

Löyly is a public sauna along the shore in Helsinki. It was designed by the talented architecture office Avanto. This is the only unisex public sauna in Helsinki, which pushes the Finnish sauna culture further as a social event.

In this short film Löyly, a Social Sauna, the architects Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen tell their ideas behind the design of the building.

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 Photo by Avanto 


Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland is the artistic name of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen. His gay pornographic art works have had huge impact on gay culture and pop culture since 1960s.

In this short film Tom of Finland, the last lover and life companion of Laaksonen: Durk Dehner talks about the meaning of Tom of Finland to the world and the next generation.  









Photo by YIN Zi


Monokini 2.0 - Who Says You Need Two?

Monokini 2.0 is an art project initiated by two Finnish artists Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri. They invited some fashion designers to design unique swimsuits for women who went through mastectomy due to breast cancer. 

In this short film, Monokini 2.0 - Who Says You Need Two?, the two creative artists and two models (survivors) present their ideas and courage to fight against the social norm. 

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(Photo by YIN Zi)


The Home of Trash Design

Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom and Henrik Enbom are the founders of Trash Design.

Their beautiful country house near Helsinki of Finland is also the factory and workshop of their design experiment. 

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In this short video Trash Design: Isa and Henrik, they tell the story of their life and work. 

(photo by YIN Zi)