International Socially Engaged Art Symposium

ISEAS International Socially Engaged Art Symposium

ISEAS 2019 click to open the video

Katja Juhola has organized four international symposiums on social art in Raseborg Finland annually.

Each year, around 10-20 to 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 individually, in small groups and among the whole group. The symposium also always includes a documenting group made up of 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 Raseborg’s public outdoor and indoor spaces.

The Artists’ Group discussed the upcoming artistic activities for three days. Thereafter, they conducted three impromptu 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 all over the world. The Symposium has spread social art messages with artists in more than 20 countries.

In 2019, ISEAS explores relationships between man and nature. It produces community-based events in which an international artist and 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. Community-based work has three goals: to bring environmental research into communities’ worldview, 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, Osuuskunta Kanslia, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr Foundation

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