Ella Kiviniemi (b. 1991) is a freelance photojournalist and a student in photography at the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland.
She has studied photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark and completed her B.A. with the major in Photojournalism at the University of Tampere, Finland in 2017.
In her work, Ella often draws inspiration from the history, her latest work focusing on the story of the Finnish-Russian borderline and the finnish people living close to it.
In 2015, Ella saw the imaginary line between East and West strengthening and became interested in the national identity of her home country Finland, who has always been politically balancing between East and West, due to its position next to Russia. The border has been seen as a strong dividing line throughout the history, a border between cultures, languages, religions and political systems.
In 2015 and 2016, Ella travelled the whole 1340 km borderline from Lapland to the Baltic, following the frontier on the Finnish side, and collecting stories about Finland’s relationship to Russia. She found marks of war, cultural discrimination, patriotism and grief, but she also discovered that sometimes political ideology, love and economics can question the meaning of the border.