International Socially Engaged Art Symposium

ISEAS International Socially Engaged Art Symposium

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Katja Juhola has organized three international symposia in Raseborg Finland.

Juhola has been planning a symposium on social art for an annual event. Each year, around 10-20 of each other unknown artists live together in the same house for 10-15 days. They work in small groups as well as as one big group and go to Mari Krappala’s mentored discussions alone, in small groups and among the whole group. The symposium also always includes a documenting group, a videographer and a photographer.

In 2017, Juhola had agreed on institutions, communities and artists working with them in advance. The artists had been in touch with the target groups before the symposium began, and the artistic work was already well planned when the communities met their artist. 2018 ISEAS tried another approach; just by requesting the performances of some of Raseborgs public outdoor and indoor spaces.

The Artists’ Group discussed the upcoming artistic activities for three days. Thereafter, they conducted three experimental interventions, each of which contacted the audience or invited them into action in different ways. Juhola’s goal has been to develop the methodology of artistic work with communities. The process has been significant for all the artists involved, and in the community work the more experienced artist is ahead of the work when the work is collective among artists as well. The Symposium has spread social art messages with artists in more than 20 countries. Juhola has been called to engage in similar work in several countries.

In 2019, ISEAS explores relationships between man and nature. It produces community-based events in which an international artist – environmental researcher working with nature, communities, lake, mussels, mushrooms and trees interacting with each other. ISEAS raises the impression that we are part of a larger entity and not superior to the living and the uninitiated. Community-based work has three goals: to bring environmental research into communities ‘perception’, to cope with the local natural conditions and to ask people how to live in an equal relationship with elements of nature, animals, plants, and non-living objects.

ISEAS is supported by:

Cultural foundations of Finland,  Kone Foundation, the Town of Raseborg, Karis – Pojo Sparbank foundation

Suomen Kulttuurirahasto