Sites of Dreaming (2021 - ) is a long-term filmmaking and photographic project documenting the lives of various trans individuals in Finland. The project is part of the Festival of Political Photography mentorship and supported by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto and Patricia Seppälä Foundation in 2021.
The work began as a response to my own experience with trying to access hormones. This process lead me to hours and hours of research, within my own community and online. I often wished for a resource where I could go and understand how my body and life might change on testosterone. Healthcare should provide that but living in Finland, where there are extremely transphobic laws in place, it wasn't an option. So in 2020 I began documenting my own process first, and later, in 2021 began documenting the experience of other people in my community.
The project will be a long term photo & documentary film project. There will be a publication that will include photos of trans people along with their own writing about their experiences. The publication will hopefully be a community resource where people can go to begin to get some information on how to transition safely. The work does not pretend to replace actual healthcare, but it can be a start for someone who is confused and overwhelmed. It can be a tool to begin dreaming up possibilities.