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.
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.
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.
Street View (Reassembled) will be on display next at the Gothenburg Kulturkalas culture festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Gothenburg Kulturkalas is one of the Nordic countries’ largest cultural festivals, reaching about 1.5 million visitors per year. The festival that has taken place since 1991, offers audiences cultural experiences across the fields of the performing arts, literature, film and food.
This autumn, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is hosting Finnish language courses for beginners (FI1) and advancing students (FI2, FI3 and FI4) as well as an intensive course. The classes will meet as usual from Tuesday to Saturday near the Sablon square at Rue de l’Arbre/Boomstraat 14/3.
Anssi Pulkkinen’s commissioned work dealing with homelessness tours in the Benelux area as well as the Nordic countries.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is undergoing personnel changes. Head of Programme, Annukka Vähäsöyrinki’s duties end in June, but she will continue to be responsible as a producer of the Mobile Home(less) project from Finland until the end of the autumn and will begin work as a representative for the Finnish Cultural Institute in Benelux Trust. Project intern via the Svenska kulturfonden (Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland), Emma Mether will move into the role of coordinator in the 2017 autumn. CIMO (Finnish National Agency for Education) intern, Alix Helfer’s work period handling the Institute’s communications ends in July. The next CIMO and Svenska kulturfonden interns will take up their duties in the autumn. Annukka, Emma and Alix share their experiences of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.