Home Reassembled is published
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7 September 2017

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.

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