Oasis de San Juan de Dios is located on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico, in the small village of Conkal. It is a care home for HIV/AIDS patients, and is known simply as Oasis.
Finnish photographer Meeri Koutaniemi became interested in Oasis and the stories of its patients. After seeing a documentary trailer about the subject made by Alejandro Cárdenas, she immediately booked her flight to Mexico. Instead of visiting Mexico for a month, the country became like a second home for Koutaniemi. She worked on her Oasis series together with Cárdenas.
Photography: Meeri Koutaniemi | Video: Meeri Koutaniemi, Alejandro Cárdenas, Marita Hällfors | Interviews: Alejandro Cárdenas | Music: Daniel Hidalgo | Editing: Janne Kari | Translation: Cecilia Ross