Aino is a performance piece presented with photographs, films and installations. Aino explores the fundamental need for home, identity and a personal freedom of choice. The photographs and films reflect an exploratory juxtaposition of traditional symbols and anarchic attitudes; a visual experiment of cultural uprootedness that draws on mythical references, past and present. The female character Aino is from the Finnish national epic Kalevala, a mythological collection of Finnish and Karelian folk poems and songs. It was compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th Century, who collected the tales from remote villages where they had been passed on by oral tradition. Kalevala up to today has an important role in establishing and stabilizing Finnish inheritance and language. Aino has been filmed and photographed in Finland and in Berlin – Germany.