Joakim Eskildsen

Finland, Helsinki Gallery Taik Persons

Joakim Eskildsen was born in 1971 in Copenhagen, Denmark. As an MA student at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (renamed Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2011), he studied with the well-known Finnish artists Pentti Sammallahti and Jyrki Parantainen. His publications, in which he often collaborates with writer Cia Rinne, include Nordic Signs (1995), Bluetide (1997), iChickenMoon (1999), the portfolio al-Madina (2002, with Pentti Sammallahti and Kristoffer Albrecht) as well as The Roma Journeys (2007, Steidl), which was awarded the Amilcare Ponchielli Award, Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, the Otto Pankok Promotion Prize, and the David Octavius Hill medal. Home Works will be published in 2015 alongside the third edition of The Roma Journeys.

The ongoing project Home Works is a sort of artistic homecoming for Joakim Eskildsen who, after traveling the world for numerous photographic projects, turned back to his beginnings, and to the things that had so much inspired him when he first started taking pictures around his home at the age of 14. Already in those earliest photographs, Eskildsen shows a sensitivity for light and certain weather conditions that his work is still known for today. Since the beginning of the project in 2005, Eskildsen, worked on the series around six homes in three countries, and became a father to a son and daughter, who naturally become part of the project as well.