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True stories about imaginary friends.


By Verna Kovanen

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True stories about imaginary friends.


By Verna Kovanen

A BOOK ABOUT CHILDREN´S IMAGiNARY FRIENDS

Did you know that 65 % of us have or have once had an imaginary friend? The Invisibles is a photography-based documentary work by Verna Kovanen that transports its readers into the midst of a series of funny (and true) stories about the imaginary friends that children have. When children get to decide for themselves whom they befriend, families share their lives with all types of characters, from Belgian gangsters to mall-loitering rockteens and hiccoughing mice. In addition to the photographic stories, the book also includes an assignment section that aims to inspire parents to get acquainted with their child’s imaginary friends and imaginary worlds. Kovanen has travelled across Finland photographing the invisible friends of children since 2012 and received a working grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The Invisibles as a bilingual book (Finnish and English) OUT NOW!

Contact: info@projectinvisibles.com

Behind the Invisibles


Behind the Invisibles


Verna Kovanen

Documentarist, photographer, publisher

vernakovanen.com

"In 2011 I had a conversation with my mother about my imaginary sister, Henni, with whom I spent time at age 5-7. It was really interesting how specifically my mother remembered all kinds of Henni-related things and how important this invisible sister had been to me. After our talk I wanted to hear more stories on the topic, so I put up an online call for children and their invisible friends to be photographed — and I was surprised at the number of people who reached out. The imagination affects people so powerfully, and it is exciting to see the different ways it can be used."

 

Rest of the team

 

Taru Happonen,
Graphic designer and illustrator

Janna Rantala,
Children psychiatrist and family therapist

Elina Blomqvist,
Editor

Kasper Salonen,
English translation

Mertta Hätinen,
Media coordinator

Tuija Nieminen,
Project coordinator

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Where to buy


BUY YOUR COPY FROM OUR SHOP - CLICK HERE!

Also you find it in stores below:

FINLAND + WORLDWIDE

Booky.fi  - webstore

Adlibris - webstore

Suomalainen Kirjakauppa

Prisma


Helsinki

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

NIDE, Fredrikinkatu 35

Toukka lastenkirjakioski,Fleminginkatu 8

The Finnish Museum of Photography

Ateneum Art Museum

Kiasma Museum of Comtemporary Art

Helsinki City Museum

Xmas Garage

 

Tampere

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

 

Turku

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

 

Espoo

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Tapiola)

 

Vantaa

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Jumbo)

 

Fiskars

Vanja Sea - shop & gallery

 

 

HUNGARY

Budapest

Mai Mano Haz - the Hungarian house of Photography, Nagymezo utca

Irok Boltja - bookstore, Andrassy utca

 

Where to buy


BUY YOUR COPY FROM OUR SHOP - CLICK HERE!

Also you find it in stores below:

FINLAND + WORLDWIDE

Booky.fi  - webstore

Adlibris - webstore

Suomalainen Kirjakauppa

Prisma


Helsinki

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

NIDE, Fredrikinkatu 35

Toukka lastenkirjakioski,Fleminginkatu 8

The Finnish Museum of Photography

Ateneum Art Museum

Kiasma Museum of Comtemporary Art

Helsinki City Museum

Xmas Garage

 

Tampere

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

 

Turku

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa

 

Espoo

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Tapiola)

 

Vantaa

Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Jumbo)

 

Fiskars

Vanja Sea - shop & gallery

 

 

HUNGARY

Budapest

Mai Mano Haz - the Hungarian house of Photography, Nagymezo utca

Irok Boltja - bookstore, Andrassy utca

 

Media


Media


Helsingin Sanomat / Sunnuntai 9.10.2016

Read a wide article about the project from the Helsingin Sanomat. Helsingin Sanomat is the biggest newspaper in Finland.

Radio Nova / 17.10.2016

Radio reporters Minna Kuukka and Aki Linnanahde made a lovely interview about the Invisibles book.

Radio Helsinki / RH aamut 13.10.2016

Reporter Johanna Storck interviewed Verna Kovanen about the Invisibles book to the Radio Helsinki´s morning show called RH aamut.

Blog / Kirjojen Keskellä

Book review about the Invisibles book in Kirjojen keskellä -blog.

Yle Radio Suomi 14.10.2016

Vesa Marttinen interviewed Verna Kovanen to Yle Suomi radio broadcast.