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Philosophy of Wealth – Portraits of Finnish Wealth by Jaakko Heikkil

National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

  • 22.4.2022–2.10.2022

Surprisingly little is known about the financially wealthiest members of Finnish society. The works of photographer Jaakko Heikkil examine individual members of this often unidentified minority group, as well as their life stories and relationship with wealth, happiness and life.


The exhibition builds a view of Finnish society by means of art. The Philosophy of Wealth examines financial wealth as a cultural phenomenon and asks what wealth is, whether it improves mental wellbeing and whether financial wealth is a taboo in Finnish society. In Jaakko Heikkils photos, wealth is personified by feeling and breathing human individuals, who also contemplate their relationship with Finnishness.

Jaakko Heikkil (b. 1956) is a Finnish photographer. The overarching themes often featured in his works are cultural identities and minorities living amidst dominant cultures. Heikkil has taken photography trips to locations such as Cuba, Brazil, Serbia and the Karelia area. Heikkils exhibition on the persecution of Armenians was showcased in the Venice Biennale in 2005, and Heikkil has also photographed groups such as Harlem residents, Vlachs and speakers of Menkieli. In 2016, the National Museum of Finland exhibited a series of works by Heikkil on Venetian nobility. It was around that time that Heikkl got the idea of photographing the wealthy Finnish minority.

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