Introducing: Project 1

Oleana – once a utopian colony founded by Norwegian violinist Ole Bull in 1852 in Pennsylvania – is now a visual journey into the Scandinavian emigration to America.

Documentary photographer Giulia Mangione traces the story of Oleana to describe the will, vision, hopes and desires that have united Scandinavian emigrants to America for over a century. 

Through archival images, photographs from private family albums and contemporary portraits, Giulia will tell this beautiful and important story of how Scandinavians reinvented themselves at a moment in time when oil had not yet been discovered and life’s conditions were miles from today. 

Follow Giulia’s upcoming trip to the US, searching for the forgotten history of Oleana, on Instagram @giulia_mangione.

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