Expology designed and produced Tiet Ruijhaan - Roads to Ruija with focus on providing a story for a young audience, to tell the history of the minority group Kven, and through interactive exercises open up for discussions about identity and origin.
During the years of famine in the 1800s many families emigrated from Tornedalen and the Finnish Lapland to northern Norway. They dreamed of a new life in Ruija – the Finnish name for northern Norway. Through the exhibition the visitor follows Sofia and Matti, two twelve year olds, who are about to leave their homes and travel to Ruija, the promised land.
Roads to Ruija was produced as a traveling exhibition that tour through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway, between April 2011 and at least through 2014.
Client: The exhibition is a collaborative project between the Norrbotten Museum, Varanger Museum, Lapin Maakunta-museo, Nordstroms museum and Kvenskt institutt.