How To Build a Wall: Introduction into Art

Perjantai, elokuu 24, 2018 - 11:00 - Sunnuntai, syyskuu 16, 2018 - 18:00
Exhibition Laboratory

How To Build a Wall: Introduction into Art is an exhibition made by a group of artists aiming to visit the intersections of 'art production' and 'cultural dominance through exclusionary methods’. Inspired by Edward Said’s Culture and Imperialism, the project will incorporate the relationship between: history and state structures, state structures and space, space and bodies. The artist group will also host a number of events and performances at the opening, and later during the exhibition, including a public talk by the acclaimed social anthropologist Shahram Khosravi on 4.9.2018.


"it is not just bodies that are orientated. Spaces also take shape by being orientated around some bodies, more than others. We can also consider ‘institutions’ as orientation devices, which take the shape of ‘what’ resides within them.” -Sara Ahmed. A Phenomenology of Whiteness (2007)

“...nations themselves are narrations. The power to narrate, or to block other narratives from forming and emerging, is very important to culture and imperialism, and constitutes one of the main connections between them.” -Edward W. Said. Culture and Imperialism (1994)

"Walls built around political entities cannot block out without shutting in, cannot secure without making securitization a way of life, cannot define an external ‘they’ without producing a reactionary ‘we,’ even as they also undermine the basis of that distinction." -Wendy Brown. Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010)

“to regard society as one single subject is, in addition, to look at it wrongly; speculatively” -Karl Marx. Grundrisse (1857)


Hami Bahadori
Jo Kjaergaard
Riikka Theresa Innanen
Suva Deep Das
Seham Hamuti
Tarmo Tähtinen

Arash Akhlaghi
Hami Bahadori


Opening Performance
Riikka Theresa Innanen

Riikka Theresa Innanen is working as choreographer, dancer and visual artist. Her work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and West Africa additional to Finland. She has been the featured choreographer of Tanssin Virtaa dance festival in 2014 and received several grants, including the artist bursary from Svenska Kulturfonden in 2011-12; and received paid residences such as in 1 year in Daghdha Dance Company in Ireland. In May 2016, a documentary film was broadcasted on YLE (Finnish Public Broadcast Company) directed by Barbro Björkfelt. Currently she is focusing on a collective processes and social activism refugees.


Music Performance
Jo Kjaergaard
Seham Hamuti

Bodies 4
Walls 4
Security 2
Movement 0 
Distance ∞
Safety 0
Dance 1
Migrants ∞
Space over time 1
Hang fire / kill time / waste time ∞
Carpet 1
Counter-conduct 0
Detached observer 0

How to Build a Wall: Introduction into Art is a performance in which the forces of territorial boundaries is broken by the bodies and the sound-space. The bodies in the building are in the state of perpetual becoming. Semi-deterritorialized, semi-precarious. A non-performative conduct on the anatomy of the wall. A dance of barbarians. An instructional non-poetic rehearsal on how to produce a wall, just to learn to tear it down


"Walls have Ears too (II)" a Performance by Suva

Suva is working with different aspects of public anatomy – making and doing something with public. The tools of intervention, interaction, anticipation, perception and the sense of community. He is interested in engaging people to perform, and to have access to collective understanding of the form. He combines the notion of Body and material in his performances. The question of the existence of ‘the Other’ in the space of ‘An-Other’ formed into an important area of his work. His status as an outsider, intermingling through performances and actions in a foreign land, is an important approach, more in the line of hyphen rather than a slash.

He combines Music, Visual Art, Bodily writing in his creative process.


Public talk by Shahram Khosravi
Title:  How Does it Feel to be a Crisis?

We live in a time of wall fetishism. Never as today have human beings been so obsessed with building walls. Walls are, however, old. Empires built walls, from the Great Wall of China, to Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England  and the Limes Tripolitanus of the Roman Empire in North Africa to keep “barbarians” out. And if we look closer we can see that there are still traces of the old imperial visions in the modern borders and border walls.

In this talk I will look at the connections of wars and walls; walls and empires. I will argue that there is a link between the installation of border walls (here) and the unsettling of communities (there). The current border regime is part of a larger and older project of colonial accumulation by dispossession and expulsion; stealing wealth, labour force, and time. I will also argue that border crossing discloses the cracks in the dominant narration of borders and that travellers without papers denaturalize what are otherwise naturalized borders, politicize what are otherwise depoliticized borders. I will illustrate this argument by following travellers without papers along the railways in the Balkans; tracing Afghan deportees in Kabul; and narrating the social life of the materialities used in the wall between Mexico and the US.

Shahram Khosravi is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and the author of the books: Young and Defiant in Tehran, University of Pennsylvania Press (2008); The Illegal Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, Palgrave (2010); Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran, University of Pennsylvania Press (2017), and After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives, Palgrave (2017, edited volume). He has been an active writer in the Swedish press and has also written fiction.