Miracle Workers Collective: Iterations

Running additionally to the Venice exhibition, the performative, discursive, filmic and sonic arm of the MWC is manifested through a series of public events taking place in Berlin, Venice, Karasjohka and Helsinki during 2019.

Miracle Workers Collective present A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Kárášjohka Iteration

Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art, Kárášjohka / Karasjok

Date: 20–22 September, 2019

A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Kárášjohka Iteration is the third unfoldment in a series of public events developed by the Miracle Workers Collective for the Land Pavilion as an anational intervention to the Pavilion of Finland’s site at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Kárášjohka iteration 20–22 September 2019 continues Miracle Workers Collective’s conversations concerning practices of rematriation of Sámi belongings, collective healing, and intangible diasporic archives at their intersection with contemporary art.

The event is part of a three-day gathering organised in collaboration with Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art. It is kindly kindly supported by Sámediggi / the Sami Parliament, the Goethe-Institut Finnland and Norway,  the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute, and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway OCA.

The Kárášjohka Iteration is developed by members of the collective Maryan Abdulkarim, Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Outi Pieski, Martta Tuomaala, and Suvi West, as well as invited collaborations by Pauliina Feodoroff, Eeva-Kristiina Harlin, Niillas Holmberg, Biret Elle Láilá, Jenni Laiti, and Sunna Nousuniemi.

The project A Greater Miracle of Perception presented at the Finnish Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Programme

Miracle Workers Collective present A Greater Miracle of Perception: The KárášjohkaIteration

20.-22.9.2019

 

Friday 20 September

Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art

 

Opening of the exhibitions

7–9 pm

  • Válddis, veahkaválddis, ráhkesmeahttunvuođas ja ráhkesvuođas – Of power and violence; lovelessness and love, 2019

Ellen Berit Dalbakk, Helena Partapuoli, Ina-Theres Sparrok, Jannie Staffansson, Jenni Laiti, June Gerd Annmette Johnsen, Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Merethe Kuhmunen, Siri Broch Johansen,  Sunna Nousuniemi

 

  • Rájácummá Kiss from the Border

Niillas Holmberg, Jenni LaitiOuti Pieski

 

Gathering

9 pm onwards

Kjells Kafé

  • DJ set Sunna Maaret – healing soundscapes

 

Saturday 21 September

All day program at Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art.

The program is free of charge and open to all publics, rsvp to post@samidaiddaguovddas.no

The languages for the presentations will be in North Sámi and English, simultaneous translation will be available.

 

Morning session

10am – 1 pm

 

  • Welcoming words

by Kristoffer Dolmen, director of Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš

 

  • Introduction to A Greater Miracle of Perception

by Giovanna Esposito Yussif, curator with the Miracle Workers Collective

 

Giovanna Esposito Yussif works with curatorial practice and research and has a background in art history, museology, and critical theory. Since the past few years, she has focused her praxis on collective models of inquiry, situated knowledges, exercises of criticality, and processes of dissentient imaginations. Currently is devising research on non-dominant practices.

 

  • Lecture: Máttáráhkku ládjogahpir – Foremother’s horn hat as a rematriation project

by Eeva-Kristiina Harlin and Outi Pieski

 

The presentation focuses on the work that artist Outi Pieski has been developing with archeologist Eeva-Kristiina Harlin investigating the ládjogahpir, a horn hat worn by Saami women until the end of the 19th century, through the project Foremother’s Horn Hatwhich reflects on the colonial oppression suffered by Saami women. Pieski and Harlin are reviving this lost tradition and re-contextualizing it with the present generations through workshops exploring the forgotten craft and the positions of women within their spiritual tropes, the current activisms in defence of the Earth, and the legislative rights of their people.

Eeva-Kristiina Harlin studies the repatriation politics of tangible Saami heritage as a doctoral researcher at the University of Oulu, Giellagas Institute (institute for Saami Cultural Studies) in Finland. Earlier she has worked in Finnish and Norwegian Saami museums and for example with surveys of Saami collections in Nordic and European museums.

Outi Pieski is a Saami visual artist based in Ohcejohka (Utsjoki) and Numminen, Finland. Her paintings and installations explore the Arctic region and the interdependency of nature and culture. Combining the Saami craft tradition of duodji with contemporary art, Pieski’s work prompts discussion and reflection on the Saami people and culture within transnational discourse.

 

  • Conversation: Buoridit bargguid bokte Collective healing by collective actions

by Jenni Laiti, Biret Elle Láilá and Niillas Holmberg

 

Artists discussing Rájácummá environmental community artwork and process. How can community art empower communities, strengthen local self-governance, and heal our connections to the waterway?

Jenni Unni Aili Laiti is a Saami artivist and duojár, traditional Saami craft maker from Aanaar (Inari) and lives now in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk). In recent years she has been active advocating for environmental justice in Sápmi and Saami rights. Laiti´s artivistic work composes culture jamming, direct action, performances and community art.

Biret Elle Láilá, máttaráhkku, árbediehti ja juoigi. Máttaráhkku (an elder), traditional knowledge holder and traditional juoigi.

Niillas Holmberg is a Saami poet, musician, actor, and activist. He is involved in several movements against exploitation of nature in the traditional Saami areas. Environmental and cultural aspects are at the core of his artistic expression and he is known as an upfront spokesman for Saami and indigenous rights to self-determination. Niillas lives in his native Ohcejohka (Utsjoki) in Saamiland (occupied by Finland).

 

  • Screening and presentation of the project Miltä sopu näyttää

by Pauliina Feodoroff

Pauliina Feodoroff is a Skolt Saami film director, theater director, writer and advocate. Feodoroff considers her work as a gathering and melting process of different ways of knowing, collaborating with the carriers of Traditional knowledge, ecological knowledge and art’s ways of knowing. She has served as president of Saami Council and currently is head of the working group on accessibility within arts and culture, set up by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland.

 

Lunch served by Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš

1 – 3 pm

Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art

 

Afternoon session

3 – 7 pm

Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš / Sámi Center for Contemporary Art

 

Lecture-performance

Suvi West

 

Suvi West is a Saami documentary director, TV and media worker. The majority of her work addresses Saami culture, society and identity. As a storyteller she likes to think of herself as a maid of Gieddegašgálgu, an ancient Saami spirit and keeper of all the knowledge in the world. At the moment, West is interested in decolonizing ways of storytelling and in studying Sámi ways of sharing knowledge.

 

Film screening: Miracle Workers Collective: The Killing of Čáhcerávga, followed by conversation with

Maryan Abdulkarim, Martta Tuomaala, and Suvi West.

The universe of the Miracle Workers’ is shifty; cutting and jumping across space-time and existing across numerous weather systems, landscapes, and spiritual realms simultaneously. The Killing of Čáhcerávga (2019) – their collective film work – is a collision of five different shorts that tell a disjointed, communal narrative employing call-and-response strategy to express a politicised dialogue around indigeneity, movement and migration in contemporary Europe. Travelling through dreamscapes, lonely snowy plains, absurdist capitalist underwaters, greenhouse gardens and desert landscapes, the film stretches into a practice of impossible spatial rules, strange dialogue practices, and inconclusive, unresolved scenic endings. The film is currently on view at the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Maryan Abdulkarim is a writer and active participant in social discourse living in Helsinki, Finland. Abdulkarim and Eveliina Talvitie co-authored the book Noin 10 myyttiä feminismistä(10 myths about feminism, 2018). Abdulkarim and Pauliina Feodoroff together form the Silta collective, and she is currently working on a project about radical collective dreaming, We Should All Be Dreaming, together with Sonya Lindfors.

Martta Tuomaala is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. Her work focuses on various forms of film,video and installation and involves elements of socially engaged art and militant research. Common themes in her artworks include workers’ everyday life, the struggles of different individuals and communities, and abuse of power. Tuomaala has worked in various low- income fields for several years, and her own experiences have inspired her to create projects emphasizing workers’ rights issues. Tuomaala is also actively pushing for better working conditions in the field of art and culture.

 

Re-tracing roots, summoning the voices and utterances of past generations

by Maryan Abdulkarim and Sunna Nousuniemi

Sunna Nousuniem is a Saami film coordinator, festival director and artist from Inari. In 2014 Nousuniemi started as an associate producer at Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival, and in 2018 she became the festival director. Nousuniemi also works as a project coordinator at International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) curating programmes for film festivals around the world and curating Indigenous content for ISFI’s streaming servicesapmifilm.com. On her spare time Nousuniemi also works as a DJ and visual designer in Saami dj collective Article 3 which consists of four Saami women. Article 3 indigenizes the dance floors by playing Indigenous music only with visuals that showcase Saami heritage, history and love to their land, people and language.

Sunday 20 September

Morning session

10.30 am – 1 pm

  • 10:30 pm Meet up at Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš for a visit to Ássebákti. 
  • 11 am – 1 pm Visit to Ássebákti lead by Kristoffer Dolmen, director SDG. 

Easy walk in an interesting forest with both art and ancient historical sites and archeological finds.

 

Afternoon session

2 – 4 pm

2 – 3pm  Visit to The Sámi Museum in Karasjok, Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat

Presentation of the exhibition: Anastasia Mozolevskaia (1935-2015) Duojáris Gieđat – Skilful Hands

Exhibition about the life and work of a renowned Kildin Sami handicrafts practitioner and enthusiast in the revitalization of handicrafts traditions on Russian side of Sápmi, Anastasia Mozolevskaia.

3.30 – 5.30 pm Open doors to the workshop Máttáráhkku ládjogahpir 

Eeva-Kristiina Harlin and Outi Pieski

Kárášjoga dáiddaskuvla – Kárášjohka Art School

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Image: Petra Laiti’s Moratorium Office at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in May 2019. Photo: Petri Summanen.

 

The Venice Iteration 10 May 2019

Miracle Workers Collective present A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Venice Iteration

Friday, 10 May 2019
Programme starts at 2 pm
The Alvar Alto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice

A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Venice Iteration was the second in the series of public events developed by the Miracle Workers Collective for the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The event included the members of the collective as well as invited guests, indigenous rights activist Petra Laiti and dance artist Esete Sutinen.

The Miracle Workers Collective (MWC) is formed and informed by a transdisciplinary and transnational community of artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals, performers, and activists sharing and developing an ecology of practices including writer Maryan Abdulkarim; scriptwriter and director Khadar Ahmed; writer and filmmaker Hassan Blasim; choreographer and artistic director Sonya Lindfors; artist Outi Pieski; artist Leena Pukki; artist Martta Tuomaala; artist and curator Lorenzo Sandoval; cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas and filmmaker and storyteller Suvi West, as well as curators Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Christopher Wessels and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

The MWC’s proposition underlines a critical engagement with collectivity and practices that articulate the notion of the miracle as a poetic vehicle from which to expand what can be perceived, experienced, done, and imagined. Drawing upon nigerian playwright and poet Esiaba Irobi’s reflections of the miracle as “a trope of spiritual and political resistance” and as “an act of community”, the collective’s approach connotes a disciplinary disobedience that emphasises the constant questioning of perception as a political act.

 

 

Biographies

Petra Laiti is an indigenous rights activist and an outspoken commentator, who currently functions as the chair for the Finnish Saami Youth Organization. Indigenous self-determination and self-governance are issues close to her heart. These themes are present also in her performance “Moratorium Office”, in which she sells the concept of self-governance as a product.

Esete Sutinen is an ethiopian-finnish dance artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She has a vast working experience ranging from contemporary dance and theatre productions to performance art as well as in music videos, opera projects and commercials. Sutinen started her choreographic work in 2017 together with four other freelance artists and their collaboration created a five-part contemporary dance piece called Maps of Fear and Empathy. Her collaboration with Sonya Lindfors started in 2012 with the stage work NOIR?.

 

The event was organised in collaboration Goethe-Institut Finnland.

The exhibition A Greater Miracle of Perception at the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (11 May – 24 November 2019) is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

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The Berlin Iteration 3 April 2019

Miracle Workers Collective present A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Venice Iteration

Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Programme 17.00–21.00
Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Max Liebermann Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Please RSVP by 27 March to: veranstaltungen@stiftungbrandenburgertor.de

 

A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Berlin Iteration is the first in the series of public events developed by the Miracle Workers Collective for the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Miracle Workers Collective (MWC) is formed and informed by a transdisciplinary and transnational community of artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals, performers, and activists sharing and developing an ecology of practices including writer Maryan Abdulkarim; scriptwriter and director Khadar Ahmed; writer and filmmaker Hassan Blasim; choreographer and artistic director Sonya Lindfors; artist Outi Pieski; artist Leena Pukki; artist Martta Tuomaala; artist and curator Lorenzo Sandoval; cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas and filmmaker and storyteller Suvi West, as well as curators Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Christopher Wessels and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

The MWC’s proposition underlines a critical engagement with collectivity and practices that articulate the notion of the miracle as a poetic vehicle from which to expand what can be perceived, experienced, done, and imagined. Drawing upon nigerian playwright and poet Esiaba Irobi’s reflections of the miracle as “a trope of spiritual and political resistance” and as “an act of community”, the collective’s approach connotes a disciplinary disobedience that emphasises the constant questioning of perception as a political act.

 

Programme

17:00–17:05

Welcome by Sebastian Pflum, Head of the Office of Stiftung Brandenburger Tor Foundation

 

17:05–17:20

A dissonant and disconnected conversation in three voices: curators of the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Christopher Wessels and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

 

17:20–17:45

Yövaras (The Night Thief), film screening by Khadar Ahmed

Khadar Ahmed is a Finnish-Somali script writer and director. He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1981 and came to Finland with his family at the age of sixteen. Ahmed, a self-taught filmmaker, won the short film screenwriting competition in 2007 with his script Citizens. His latest short film The Night Thief was selected by Aguilar de Campoo film festival in Spain (2017) and the Gothenburg film festival (2018).

 

17:45–18:00

Patterns to break, reading by Lorenzo Sandoval

Lorenzo Sandoval works as an artist and curator. Since 2015, he has run The Institute for Endotic Research, which opened as a venue in 2018, together with Benjamin Busch. His recent research deals with the connections between image production, textile making and computation.

 

18:00–18:30

Reading and conversation with Hassan Blasim and Maryan Abdulkarim

Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi-born author, who has lived in Finland since 2004. Writing in Arabic, Blasim has been PEN-awarded three times. He was described by The Guardian as “perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive.” Reading from his recently published book, Allah 99, he will be in conversation with Maryan Abdulkarim, a Helsinki-based writer and social commentator. 

 

18:30–19:00

Break

 

19:00 –19:20

Marks After Examination, lecture performance by Suvi West

Suvi West has worked as a director, script writer and storyteller for different art and media platforms. West has directed several documentary films, amongst others, that have been screened internationally in Film Festivals and broadcast in national TV channels in Scandinavia. For this lecture West presents interview material from her work-in-progress documentary films which focus on the themes of colonialism and decoloniality among the Sámi people. In this presentation, West addresses lasting effects of a long history of an indigenous people being studied by outsiders.

 

19:20–20:00

Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – Foremother’s Horn Hat, presentation by Outi Pieski and Eeva-Kristiina Harlin

This presentation focuses on the project Foremother’s Horn Hat,developed by the artist Outi Pieski together with archeologist Eeva-Kristiina Harlin. Investigating the ládjogahpir, a horn hat worn by Sámi women until the end of 19th century, the project aims to revive this lost tradition and re-contextualize its significance today. Foremother’s Horn Hatalso makes a claim for the need of rematriation within the realm of cultural belongings. The horn hats on display are part of the collection of Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Invited guest: Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska

 

20:00–20:15

On Slime Mould And Decision Making, presentation by Leena Pukki

Leena Pukki is a visual artist interested in cultural hegemonies, therelationship between humans and other species, history, utopias, feelings and power relations. She often works in public spacesand within different artist groups or communities, also combining art withactivism. She is afounding member of theRoute Couture artist group.

 

20:15–21:15

FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Vol. 2, filmscreening by Martta Tuomaala

Martta Tuomaala is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. Her work focuses on various forms of film, video and installation and involves elements of socially engaged art and militant research. FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele!Vol. 2 (installation 2017/ film 2018) is part of a broader You-Can-Do-It! project that explores work-related topics, austerity politics, and the role of women in Finnish society.

 

21:15–23:00

Music by DJ Ngu Mangaliso

 

The event is organised in collaboration with Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, The Finnish Institute in Germany and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with the kind support of Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Goethe-Institut Finnland.

The exhibition A Greater Miracle of Perception at the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (11 May – 24 November 2019) is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

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