This Joyous Hospitality
NO NIIN’s first issue makes an effort to understand how artistic exchange can operate as an avenue for navigating immediate crises, precarious lifeworks, and unstable futures. It explores library as archive as excavation site; domestic and public spaces in relation to body and to labor; methods of counteracting toxic productivity in academia. It also includes a student puppet theater that explores the inherent duality of human nature and imagines the lifespan of an ancient object, along with a letter to the museum of bad art. Featuring contributions by Elham Rahmati and Vidha Saumya, Ali Akbar Mehta, Paola Jalili, Hanna Järvinen, Aneta Atsova, Melanie Pop and Shia Conlon.
Finding Forms to Recognize Warmth
This issue forefronts the artistic processes of different generations; invisible codes of conduct in navigating art and culture fields; the restlessness in holding feelings of fandom; and the non-binary gestures of caregiving in exhibition-making. It features editorials by Elham Rahmati and Vidha Saumya, open letter formatted essays by Farbod Fakharzadeh and Carlota Mir, an interview with Kirsti Tuokko by Saara Mahbouba, and a review by Even Minn.
Producing & Practising Presence
This issue compiles reflective texts on the social constructs around gender spectrum and identity; provides insights on how to make agreements and tackle different collaborations within the arts; asks what (and who) facilitates our physical and digital presence; examines the overlooked functions of belonging and networking provided by niche art schools and communities; all this with some sprinkles of comedic influences and death fantasies. Vidha Saumya, Riikka Kuoppala, Minjee Hwang Kim, Ksenia Kaverina, Roxana Sadvokassova, and Juha Hilpas are among the contributors to this issue.
A double issue that interfaces critical perspectives on the vitality of long-term projects; the politicality of nurturing publishing infrastructures; the inherent necessity and messiness of collaborations; wealth traps; countering regimes of exhaustion and the rigidity of professionalism; and the democratic relationship between contemporary art and food, eating, and tasting. featuring editorials by Elham Rahmati and Vidha Saumya; essays by Sami Juhani Rekola, Martina Miño Pérez, Golrokh Nafisi, and Vera Kavaleuskaya; reviews by Shubhangi Singh and Marina Valle Noronha; and poems by Nina Mufleh and Kihwa-Endale.
Our Efforts To Show Solidarity
This issue asks, “Why is Chaim “Poju” Zabludowicz, a person who funds an influential pro-Israeli lobbying organization serves as a member of the Kiasma Support Foundation?” ; How does one capture something like structural racism in images?; What would happen to storytelling, urban planning, and decision-making if we shifted the perspective on Kontula and other similar neighborhoods and started to ask what they need?; explores the institutional framework that guided the Mänttä Art Festival 2021; reflects on the role of facilitator, its possibilities, and outcomes in retrospect; etc. Julian Owusu, Pietari Kylmälä, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Ndéla Faye, Raine Aiava, Elina Nissinen, Nimco Kulmiye Hussein, Femma Planning, and Golnoosh Nour are among the contributors to this issue.
Issue 6 features perspectives on managing and working in artist-run spaces; the politics of black filmmaking; the importance of community-based organisations; how curating from the perspective of an artist creates structures of care and reciprocity; along with reflections on equity, inclusion, and social justice in arts and culture in Finland. Elham Rahmati, Vidha Saumya, Ilina Schileru, Sepideh Rahaa, Ceyda Berk-Söderblom, Ubuntu Film Club, Egle Oddo are among the issue 6 contributors. This issue also features reviews of films screened at the Love & Anarchy Film Festival in Helsinki.
In the Crisis of Time
This issue examines the visible and subverted process of radical care and organisational responsibilities, the importance of the creative process while going through intergenerational trauma and the cruelty of impatience. Partly guest-edited as a collaboration with the Baltic Circle Festival, with texts highlighting the intersection between art and nature, aggressive land use and kindness. Featuring an editorial by Hector Sanchez, essays by Ingrid Fadnes, Anna Varfolomeeva, Helga West, Mariliis Rebane; reviews by Timo S. Tuhkanen, Shia Conlon.
This year-end double-issue thinks through the different means for archiving; memory making in an unending exile; the unsustainability of funding projects on a short-term basis; limits and possibilities of decolonising universities; the pressing need for cultural events led by Indigenous people; featuring editorials by Elham Rahmati & Vidha Saumya; essays by Nisha Ramayya, Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Farbod Fakharzadeh, Shahi Derky, Miia Laine; reviews by Fjolla Hoxha, Sharron L. Todd, Aurora Lemma. Also features texts commissioned in collaboration with the Baltic Circle Festival