The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Dutch art publishers Jap Sam Books, presents the essay collection Home Reassembled – On Art, Destruction and Belonging.
The book’s nine essays comment on critical concerns of our time, such as war, homelessness, utopian ideals of free movement, the destruction and rebuilding of cities as well as the ethics of art. The starting point for the book’s texts are the different interpretations of Anssi Pulkkinen’s contemporary artwork, Street View (Reassembled), which is composed of the ruins of a Syrian home.
Street View (Reassembled) is a touring artwork commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, which will be exhibited for the first time in Finland at the Habitare fair from 13 to 17 September. Pulkkinen’s work as well as the related Home Reassembled book form part of Mobile Home 2017, a joint project of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes in Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels that explores the many meanings of home. The international and multidisciplinary team of writers of Home Reassembled include:
Umayya Abu-Hanna: Journalist
Marwa Al-Sabouni: Architect and writer
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila: Islam scholar, professor
Hanna Johansson: Art historian, professor
Anssi Pulkkinen: Visual artist
Max Ryynänen: Writer, lecturer
Issa Touma: Visual artist, gallerist, documentary filmmaker
Vincent van Velsen: Critic, curator
Rosa te Velde: Design journalist and researcher
The launch of Home Reassembled will take place in front of Pulkkinen’s creation. The book will be presented by Annukka Vähäsöyrinki from the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, publisher Eleonoor Jap Sam as well as one of the essayists, Syrian architect and keynote speaker at Habitare, Marwa Al-Sabouni.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.
The TelepART Mobility Support Platform has made over a hundred international performance visits possible for 155 artists. The programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Benelux Trust seeks to fill the position of Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
This autumn, the EUNIC network of European National Institutes for Culture will for the seventh time bring together our diverse languages and cultures through poetry. On 26 September on the European Day of Languages, the Finnish poetry slam duo Melinda & Malin will open the Transpoesie series with two performances.