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IN VIVO | the nature of nature

IN VIVO | the nature of nature

Terje Abusdal

Slash & Burn (2014-2018)

Finnskogen, literally ‘Forest of the Finns’, lies on the border between Norway and Sweden. Finnish immigrants settled in this large, continuous forest in the early seventeenth century. These Forest Finns burnt down parts of the forest, grew food for several years and then migrated to another area. This was an early method of land reclamation for the benefit of agriculture, a quick way to create fertile soil with the ash acting as a fertiliser. The Forest Finns’ relationship with nature was rooted in eastern shamanistic tradition, in which rituals, incantation and magic symbols served as practical, everyday tools. In Norway, they now form a recognised national minority, which one can choose to be part of regardless of one’s actual descent. In SLASH & BURN, Terje Abusdal refers to their way of life, while researching what it means to be a Forest Finn in a time when their culture and language have long since disappeared.


Terje Abusdal (Norway, 1978) has a Master’s degree in Tourism and Environmental Economics and studied Advanced Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus. As a photographer, he mainly works on his own projects in which he tells visual stories that oscillate between fact and fiction. In 2017, his series SLASH & BURN was awarded the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Nordic Dummy Award.