How to Work Together? Seeking Models of Solidarity and Alliance How to Work Together? Seeking Models of Solidarity and Alliance

How to Work Together? Seeking Models of Solidarity and Alliance

Impossible Reader 2020, edited by Emily and Raine Aiava, conceived and produced by Ali akbar Mehta and Marianne Savallampi, for Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki FI

The Impossible Reader is a biennial book series published by the Museum of Impossible Forms. The theme of the 2020 reader is How to Work Together – Seeking models of solidarity and alliance. It gathers a selection of essays, writings and poems on and around the topic of collective working practices. The publication also reflects and celebrates the past four years of operations of the Museum of Impossible Forms cultural centre in Kontula.

Publication concept and Production*: Ali Akbar Mehta & Marianne Savallampi*

Edited by: Emily Aiava & Raine Aiava

Publication coordinator & graphic design: Zahrah Ehsan

published by Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki, FI.

ISBN (print): 978-952-94-4840-1

ISBM (pdf): 978-952-94-4841-8

download a free PDF from the Museum of Impossible Forms website here

The Reader features entries by:

Abdullah Qureshi

Ali Akbar Mehta

Arvind Ramachandran and Ella Alin

Egle Oddo

Feminist Culture House

Flis Holland

Jaakko Pallasvuo

Leonardo Custodio

Linnea Saarits

Marianne Savallampi

Nora Sternfeld

Pedra Costa

Raine Aiava

Renuka Rajiv

Saara Mahbouba

Sasa Nemec

Shia Conlon

Vidha Saumya and Sonja Lindfors

Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela

Zahrah Ehsan

The Reader is available for purchase at the Museum of Impossible Forms.

Curatorial note:

Many of us, whether separately or collectively, have confided, shared or spoken out, about the difficult and precarious conditions in which most of us as artists and cultural workers continue to work. Most often our working conditions are exacerbated rather than relieved by the conditions of competition that frames the ecology of our art and cultural fields, whether competitions of resources, attention, spaces to exhibit, or grants. These conditions of competition exists across visual, literary, music and sound, cinematic, conceptual/ contemporary and other forms of arts, as well as within social, political and activism based workings; and in many ways ties us together as fellow-competitors, despite our collective wish to work together as friends, collaborators, and like-minded individuals.

We at Museum of Impossible Forms aim to take these conversations forward and consolidate our thoughts into a singular form, without hopefully losing the plurality of the voices that need to speak about the unsustainable nature of this ecology and strain it puts us in our various spaces of thinking, making, doing, and producing.

In our work since 2019 and guided by our curatorial framework, An Atlas of Lost Beliefs: For Insurgents, Citizens, and Untitled Bodies, the Museum of Impossible Forms have laid primary emphasis on collaborative working, either in sharing resources or simply offering the M{if} space. In 2019, approximately 35% of the events conducted were such collaborations or simply events that we hosted. Placing ourselves under these conditions not only allowed us to learn more, but it also allowed us to learn more diversely. It created for us the conditions to create a new series of ongoing events in directions we could not have anticipated. The Museum led us in directions of knowledges we didn’t know we needed to ask.

Museum of Impossible Forms initiates the second volume of its Impossible Reader under this rubric, titled HOW TO WORK: Seeking models of solidarity and working In alliance.

- Ali Akbar Mehta