This Dream of Liberation
This issue brings together thoughts on the failure of the settler-colonial Zionist project of occupying the dream of Palestine, the inevitable failure of economic and cultural sanctions, how algorithmic management equals authoritarian management and results in precarious jobs, and the unfair burden of pushing for change on bodies already burdened by discrimination. Sanabel Abdelrahman, Rohan Stevenson, Elham Rahmati, Vidha Saumya, Hanan Mahbouba, Olga Spyropoulou, Marja Viitahuhta, and Toshiya Kamei are among the contributors to this issue.
Working with Friction & Confrontation
Difference of opinion does not mandate the forking of right and wrong. This issue compiles texts on reimagining justice through sisterhood & solidarity amidst patriarchal backlash; artists’ self-centeredness vs their pathos; double barrier of caste in an unequal society; layers of culture and identity in Western society; invisible labour of care in producing; featuring editorials by Elham Rahmati & Vidha Saumya; essays by Sheherazade Amin, Anurag Minus Verma; reviews by Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen, Ndéla Faye; poem by Priyanka Paul.
The Unsettling of Institutions
This issue explores intersectionality through the lens of same-sex love; asks for a stop on funding cuts in the arts in Finnish institutions of higher education; features a collective on conversation on creating an online platform for resource-sharing, writing and discussing urgent topics among art practitioners the Arab world; examines the politics of companionship, book as an art practice, and live game performances uncovering the overlapping of territories, the unsettling of institutions, the linking of languages and sites of exploitation, and what migration can teach us about contemporary forms of community. Features Taina Rajanti, Lin Chih Tung, Riikka Stewen, Sakari Tervo, Uzair Amjad, K-oh-llective among others.
Long Before Justice
This issue aims to construct a more comprehensive understanding of our situation when confronting the power structures that oppress us. How to engage with institutions and their blind spots when it comes to meaningfully including the marginalized; it looks at the intrinsic relationship of military-occupation with tourism in Eelam; ruminates on power, gaze, and field; the politics of care, disability, and the aesthetics of assisting devices; and unpicks the ‘problem’ of safety in Helsinki’s underground music scene to explore what the issue of safety in processes of urban change. Tara Anand, Sinthujan Varadarajah, Ali Akbar Mehta, Timo Tuhkanen, Roberto Fusco, Setare Arashloo, Rohan Stevenson, and Riikka Kuoppala are some of the contributors to this issue.
Toolkits of Resistance
This issue explores memes as political participation and a toolkit of digital resistance in India; asks how to break through the caste-based gatekeeping; how to create radical spaces for amplifying a plurality of voices that focus on counter-hegemonic perspectives in academia; and how can organizations dismantle power and operational structures within the world of film festivals to make them speak to the city’s various layers of inhabitants and their lives? Minou Norouzi, August Joensalo, Kazu Ahmed, Naomi Shefali Joshi, Abhinit Khanna, Vanessa Kowalski, and many more have contributed to this issue.
Women Bringing Their Wounds to the City Square
An issue looking back on the losses, achievements, external threats, and internal conflicts of Pakistan’s young feminist movement, Aurat March; transdisciplinarity in higher education with all its problems, dreams, and nightmares; Black cultural productions; and the Americanization of Finland. Featuring editorials by Elham Rahmati and Vidha Saumya, contributions by Shehzil Malik, Hira Azmat, Gabriella Presnal, María Villa, Milka Njoroge, and others.
Where There Is Trouble, There Is Agency
There is not a single narrative to being anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, anti-colonial, and anti-nationalist. This eclectic issue, like the Kurdish feminist slogan ‘Jin Jiyan Azadi’ (Woman, Life, Freedom), explores accounts on Europe’s attempt to universalize the world according to their own needs with the help of technical ‘innovations’, including the infamous clock; the “impossible” tales of fantastical characters in Palestine; working in the arts under sanctions; and the concept of “consent” and a “new work paradigm” in the era of post-peak attention economy. The issue features contributions by Sinthujan Varatharajah, Shayma Nader, Sami Johani Rekola, Adel Kim, Najia Fatima, Yara Bamieh and others.