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Aksel Haagensen

  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Contemporary Art
  • ma
  • Going home
  • Tutor(s): Kristina Norman
  • short film
  • 10'36''

Vella Pihlak is a boat-person, Estonian refugee, artist and grandmother.

Aksel Haagensen is an émigré Estonian [1], Australian, artist and Vella’s grandchild.

After 21 years in Estonia Aksel went to Australia in 2019 to visit his grandmother and the country of his birth.

väliseestlane – a term used to describe those Estonians, who fled Estonia during the first half of the 20th century, mostly just before the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1944, and their descendents. Although these Estonians ended up all over the world, larger communities developed in Canada, the USA, Sweden and Australia.