Open call: ~in waves~ intensive residency of feminist curating

Hanaholmen, Esbo

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26 - 30.11.2018

For curators & artists based in Finland and Sweden
Residency 26th-30th of November 2018
Application deadline 30th of July 2018

Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Culture Centre announces an open call for ~in waves~ intensive residency of feminist curating. The residency is organised by feminist curatorial duo nynnyt (Hanna Ohtonen & Selina Väliheikki) and it is formed around workshops from invited speakers: Helena Reckitt, the Read-in group and Timimie Märak.

Situating itself on the island of Hanasaari, the residency takes flight from the notion of waves – waves, as Sara Ahmed(*) puts it, as both a movement that reaches outward through a series of motions and as something that needs to be built into a shelter. Waves can be the indefinite and the nonspecific, the in-between and the billowing. Waves can shape us and become a movement of change, but they can also be painful, they can also be painstaking, as they return to us, return us, make us return.

Together with invited guests and the participants of the residency, nynnyt wish to think about the essence of waves in relation to both feminism and the curatorial, and to search for connections between questions that come from thinking of waves and those that come from daily practices of curating:

In the face of waves that precede us, how can we act and practice with consistency and renewal?

How to embrace the vague and endure the uncertain?

How can we build shared shelters on the grounds that are constantly shaken?

How to practice what we preach – how to build and not only represent?

If change is a wave whetting a stone, how can we stay with the wave?


Workshop hosts:

Helena Reckitt is a curator and researcher currently teaching at Goldsmiths University in London. Her projects focus on the overlapping realms of art, curating, feminism and sexual politics, affect & relationality; and curatorial education. Her research explores the undetonated potential of earlier moments of cultural and political radicalism, particularly those from the feminist and queer past. Having played a key role in defining, and arguing for the importance of, feminist and queer perspectives on art, theory and activism, recently Reckitt has focused on identifying feminisms that are under-represented within the Anglo-American canon.

nynnyt are Hanna Ohtonen & Selina Väliheikki, a Helsinki-based feminist curatorial duo that works from and with the notion of friendship. Since 2015 nynnyt have been working within feminist curating, researching and questioning the power relations that the contemporary art field is built upon. Their aim is to formulate a curatorial practice that echoes inter-sectional feminist politics: acknowledging and dismantling hierarchical, competitive, exploitative and exclusive structures of the art field and finding methods of work that stem from empathy, solidarity, care and criticality. Currently nynnyt are working on exhibitions, workshops and a reading group that bring forward and test their ongoing research.

Read-in (Hyunju Chung, Annette Krauss, Serena Lee) is a self-organized collective that experiments with the political, material, and physical implications of collective reading and the situatedness of any kind of reading activity. Recurring investigations include the legacy of feminist reading groups, reading aloud, the infectiousness of words, library and bookshelf research, reading (in) films, collective memorizing, (un-)disciplinary pedagogies and listening into-nationally. Current members are Hyunju Chung, Svenja Engels, Annette Krauss, Serena Lee, Sanne Oorthuizen, Laura Pardo, Ying Que, and Marianna Takou.
More about Read-in: http://read-in.info

Timime Märak is a poet, feminist, indigenous person, Sami queer activist in constant evolution, etc. They attend in front of their brothers and sisters to do right by Europe’s only indigenous people. Their passion and activism is expressed through various art forms, poetry in the form of text and rhythmic speech, theatre and dance among others.


Residency includes:

– Travel within Finland & Sweden (up to 200e costs)
• Staying at Hanaholmen
• Vegetarian / vegan meals (3 per day)
• Workshops and other programme

Application guidelines:
• Open to curators and artists working in Finland or Sweden
• The language for the residency will be English
• The programme can host a maximum of 10 participants
• Send a motivation letter and / or a statement of interest, including a short bio or CV all together maximum 1000 words by 30th of July via email to in.waves.residency@gmail.com
• Notifications of participation will be sent by 10th of August

*Sara Ahmed: Living a Feminist Life, 2017

For further information about the residency and the application procedures, contact info@nynnyt.org
For further information about nynnyt, visit www.nynnyt.org
For further information about Hanaholmen, visit www.hanaholmen.fi

The intensive residency is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland and the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation; it is a collaboration between Curatorial Residency in Stockholm, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and Pro Artibus.