OAK STORIES - Iceland

NORDEN vol.03

Iceland is a land of pagan legends with incomparable landscapes full of mystery, and with a popular belief deeply rooted in the existence of the so-called “hidden people.” The isolation in which the island has been plunged for hundreds of years has caused geneticists around the world to study “the purity of their race”, although there are those who define it as a “great inbreeding”.

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OAK STORIES - Japan

MATAGI

Matagi are traditional hunters living in small villages and settlements in the highlands of northern Honshu, the main island of Japan. From its origins, back in the middle of the XVI century, they have made a living by selling meat, skins and other products derived from the hunting. 

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OAK STORIES - Faroe Islands

NORDEN vol.02

Community and family are of great importance in the Faroe Islands. The weight of traditions is so excessive that, inevitably, dilemmas and problems closely linked to homophobia, gender equality, or xenophobia emerge.

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OAK STORIES - Bolivia

AMAZON TEARS

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the extraction of rubber latex and itscommercialization to produce tires for bicycles and automobiles led to a widespread expansionof European colonization in the Amazon rainforest, that caused cultural and social transformations,especially dramatic for the indigenous populations. 

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OAK STORIES - Colombia

TIERRA VERDE

The problem of land tenure in Colombia is the country’s oldest conflict. The struggle for control of the land’s wealth, and the right to exploit its resources, is an ongoing dispute in which the weakest struggles for its survival.

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OAK STORIES - Benin

ESSENCE DU BÉNIN

In Benin, there is an active network of illegal trafficking of petrol from Nigeria since 1970. Benin does not have enough gas stations to supply the population and the existing ones cannot compete with the lower prices set by the illegal trafficking of petrol by smugglers.

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OAK STORIES - Finland

NORDEN vol.01

The firts chapter of our long-term project NORDEN is focussed on loneliness, emotional isolation, and sentimental repression in Finnish society. These problems go further when the people start drinking to fight against them. The excessive consumption of alcohol is present in more than half cases of suicide, homicide and gender violence. 

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