Artists are increasingly concerned with urgent ethical issues of the current political climate, from migration to gender policies and military conflicts. Biennales and museums are increasingly held accountable for how they address questions of equality in their practices. Simultaneously, these concerns are present in the programming and texts many art institutions are producing.
Major art institutions of Helsinki have come together to develop strategies for addressing issues of diversity, antiracism, gender equality, and labor rights in their practices. Participants Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Gallery Huuto, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsinki International Artist Programme HIAP, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Kone Foundation, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / National Gallery, PUBLICS and Zodiak - Center for New Dance call for other Helsinki art organizations to join the challenge.
The participant organizations will gather on Friday 15.12. to share tools and draft their individual strategies. This collection will be published in January with a joint statement.
Helsinki Art Institutions for Equality
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Seminaari-tila
15.12. 12-16 pm
Please note that due to limited space 1-2 persons are invited to attend on behalf of each organization.
The workshop is free of charge.
The workshop will address questions such as:
1. How, in practice, will your organization work towards reinforcing equality and supporting processes of decolonization? This may include securing that a diverse group of perspectives are heard and represented in both organizational structures as well as programming ,as well as deconstructing colonizing or sexist undertones from displays and discourses around them.
2. Economic inequality is one of the biggest causes of structural inequality and homogenization of the international art world. Fewer and fewer people can afford to be an artist. How is your organization fighting economic inequality and securing the basic structures of the welfare state?
3. How is your organization working towards protecting freedom expression, while taking a stand against discriminative and hate speech?
4. How is your organization measuring artistic value, besides those of visitor count or sales prizes on the art market?
5. How are fair pay and equality addressed in your organization's labor strategies?
Located in Tapiola, Espoo, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art’s collection and exhibition programme profiles Finnish and international modernism, contemporary art as well as design. EMMA’s exhibition spaces – the largest in Finland – are situated in the architecturally impressive WeeGee building designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori. The modern architecture adds to the experience-focused presentation of the changing exhibitions and permanent collections of EMMA, the Saastamoinen Foundation and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation.