Gauche : Hans Rosenström. Photographie par Veikko Kähkönen Droite : Satu Herrala. Photographie par Johanna Salmela

Satu Herrala and Hans Rosenström

When our eyes touch is the first chapter of A I S T I T / coming to our senses, a year-long series of exhibitions and performances commissioned by the Finnish Institutes in the Benelux, France, Germany, and the UK and Ireland.

Curators Hans Rosenström and Satu Herrala shared with us the genesis of the project and their thoughts on the topic of ‘senses’ (‘aistit’ in Finnish).

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Linguistic Wealth is Cultural Health – Sampsa Peltonen

These days, every once in a while one runs into a populist claim that somehow Finland is forced to become increasingly multicultural. This claim is based on a false notion that Finland would have been, one time or another, a closed, monocultural and monolingual vacuum. In reality, Finland is a living biosphere nourished by a multitude of diverse elements and I would argue that its vitality results from this very diversity. Even in the earliest times, our Pohjola has been enriched by coexistences (sometimes peaceful, sometimes competitive). We have experienced migrations between the traditional territories of diverse peoples and the adoption of new beliefs, customs and languages - as well as the abandoning of old ones.

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