September 5, 2019 - Frame Contemporary Art Finland - Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities
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September 5, 2019

Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Vidha Saumya, Reading List, 2019. Poem, graphite, pastel, and acrylic paint on wall. Commissioned by Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities
September 9–14, 2019

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Rehearsing Hospitalities connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices, understandings and engagements with diverse hospitalities. It fosters critical discourse, pluralistic sharing and collaboration between divergent artistic practitioners in contemporary societies.

This year the programme looks at the potential of art and cultural institutions to facilitate and mediate hospitalities as a means of encouraging different ways of knowing.

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities, an event taking place in Helsinki, Finland, September 9–14, brings together local and international arts audiences for a week of interactions and dialogues. Alongside the public programme, Frame will be arranging studio visits, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities for visiting curators.

“Hospitality can be seen as a core aspect of an art organisation such as Frame, whose aim is to create and foster international networks and connections,” says Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela.

“Often hospitality is seen simply as a way of inviting and hosting guests, but in addition to its domestic connotations, it also holds potential to be considered from more complex angles,” states Associate Programme Curator Yvonne Billimore.

“Our invitation to our partners, contributors, participants and friends is to join us in widening the potential of hospitalities,” she adds.

Alongside conversations, presentations and happenings, Frame will host the launch of Reading List by Vidha Saumya, the first work in a series of artistic commissions to be unveiled in Frame’s office space. Reading List is a poem that is painted as a wall mural that proposes 96 authors from India who should be on global reading lists.

The event is also the site for the launch of Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 1, the first in a series of readers acting as a partner for Frame’s 2019–2023 Rehearsing Hospitalities programme.

Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 1 is comprised of contributions from artists, curators, thinkers and collaborating partners participating in the 2019 Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities. The contributions include essays, drawings, reading lists, invitations, exercises and dialogues by Clelia Coussonnet, Rick Dolphijn, Pia Lindman, Rachael Rakes, Vidha Saumya, Sumugan Sivanesan and Irina Mutt, artist-led collective Asematila, culture centre Museum of Impossible Forms and Frame’s programming team Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela.

Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 1 is published in September 2019 by Archive Books and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Contributors in the Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities are: Camille Auer, Bread Omens (Jani Anders Purhonen and Elina Rantasuo), Jennifer Chan, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Colectivo los Ingravidos, Clelia Coussonnet, Marjolijn Dijkman, Nazli Dinçel, Rick Dolphijn, Marie-Andrée Godin, Jacqueline Goss, Eeva-Kristiina Harlin, Heidi Hänninen, inaway (Ramina Habibollah and Nayab Ikram), Tereza Jindrová, Toril Johannessen, Hanna Laura Kaljo, Mari Keski-Korsu, Nadiye Koçak, Pia Lindman, Marie Lukáčová, André Filipek Magaña, Anna Matveinen, Militza Monteverde, Irina Mutt, Myriagon (Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen and Jenni Nurmenniemi), nynnyt (Orlan Ohtonen and Selina Väliheikki), Sini Pelkki, Laure Prouvost, Sepideh Rahaa, Rachael Rakes, Azar Saiyar, Vidha Saumya, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Sumugan Sivanesan, and Martta Tuomaala.

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities is scheduled to run in parallel with Today Is Our Tomorrow art festival, taking place during the same week, organised by Helsinki-based curatorial agency PUBLICS in collaboration with local and international partners.

Collaborators
Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities is developed in collaboration with a number of partners: Amos Rex, Asematila collective, AV-arkki – The Centre for Finnish Media Art, Finnish Cultural Institute New York, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Museum of Impossible Forms and PUBLICS.

Supporters
The main supporter of Rehearsing Hospitalities is the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, together with the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark, Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Finnish Institute in London, Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Nordic-Baltic Curatorial Programme and the Saastamoinen Foundation.

About Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Frame is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. We support and promote international projects, facilitate professional partnerships, as well as act as an information centre for Finnish contemporary art. Frame coordinates Finland's participation in the Venice Biennale.

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