Conflicting Relations is a program that brings together artists, curators, and institutions whose practices go beyond hospitality and act as correctives to prescribed host and guest hierarchies, on intimate and infrastructural levels.
It is convened by Frame Contemporary Art Finland as part of their 2023 Rehearsing Hospitalities program and is co-presented with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York as part of artist Matti Aikio’s 2022–2023 Vera List Center Sámi Fellowship.
Since the inception of Rehearsing Hospitalities in 2019, Indigenous perspectives on matters of hospitality—and acknowledging the various forms of social, cultural, and political inhospitality that Sámi people experience—have been critical to the program and the dialogues it fosters. This two-part event “re-turns” to matters of Indigeneity and hospitality in a US and Canadian context and presents Matti Aikio’s practice alongside a range of practitioners to exchange resonances and resistances. Speakers include Matti Aikio, Emily Johnson, Elina Waage Mikalsen, Wanda Nanibush, S.J Norman, Ali Rosa-Salas, Ana Beatriz Sepúlveda, and Karoline Trollvik, among others.
(timings in EST–New York / EET–Helsinki format)
11 am / 6 pm: Welcome
Eriola Pira, Vera List Center and Yvonne Billimore, Frame
11.30 pm / 6.30 pm
Session 1: Committed Relationships
11.30 am / 6.30 pm: Karoline Trollvik and Elina Waage Mikalsen
12 pm / 7 pm: S.J Norman and Ana Beatriz Sepúlveda
12.30 pm / 7.30 pm: Ali Rosa-Salas and Emily Johnson
1 pm / 8 pm: Plenary of all speakers, moderated by Yvonne Billimore and Eriola Pira
1:30 pm / 8.30 pm: Lunch break
2.30 pm / 9.30 pm
Session 2: Matti Aikio and Wanda Nanibush
2:30 pm / 9.30 pm: Introduction Monica Gathuo, FCINY
2.40 pm / 9.40 pm: Matti Aikio and Wanda Nanibush
3.40 pm / 10.40 pm: Closing remarks by Jussi Koitela and Carin Kuoni