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Gesture II: Nynnyt Workshop: How to work with Imperfect Tools

Gesture II: How to work with Imperfect Tools

nynnyt (Orlan Ohtonen and Selina Väliheikki)


Devising together the tools required to counter Institutional Hegemony is the Second gesture of Hospitality’.

Museum of Impossible Forms has invited nynnyt, a queer feminist curatorial duo consisting of Selina Väliheikki and Orlan Ohtonen, to host a workshop on ‘How to work responsibly with Imperfect Tools’. Opening up a conversation about concepts such as language, quotas, criticism and care, nynnyt are inviting the workshop participants to think and share about ways of organising around art responsibly in situations that sometimes make this very difficult.

Please note that this workshop requires pre-registration: Email a brief statement of intent and email it at, with the subject line Workshop with nynnyt.

Gesture II: How to work with Imperfect Tools is part of Frame Contemporary Art Finland's public programme Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities, taking place in Helsinki, Finland, 9–14 September. It brings together local and international arts audiences for a week of interactions and dialogues.

nynnyt are Orlan Ohtonen & Selina Väliheikki, a Helsinki-based queer feminist curatorial duo that have, since 2014, been working towards and through a curatorial practice that takes flight from the concept of friendship and echoes intersectional queer feminist politics.

Their most recent projects include a residency programme of feminist curating, executed in collaboration with Hanaholmen Culture centre; the group shows ‘If I change something, what is being moved?’ at Mustarinda house in Hyrynsalmi and ‘Between a rock and a hard place there is softness’ at Titanik Gallery in Turku. nynnyt are co-founders of Poimu studio in Helsinki that hosts the work of 40 feminist art workers as well as an expanding library of art & feminism.

Museum of Impossible Forms is a cultural space, located in Kontula, Helsinki. It is a contested Space and it represents a contact zone, a space of unlearning, formulating identity constructs, norm-critical consciousness and critical thinking. Impossible Forms are those that erase and facilitate the process of transgressing the boundaries/borders between art, politics, practice, theory, the artist and the spectator. For 2019-2020, Museum of Impossible Forms operates under the curatorial theme of ‘The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (For Insurgents, Citizens and Untitled Bodies)’

Museum of Impossible Formsis a safer space. It follows safer space policies to create a welcoming, inclusive, awesome environment.

Events at the Museum of Impossible Forms are completely free and accessible without prior booking.

Museum of Impossible Forms is accessible by lift with thresholds up to 4cm on the way. The toilet has no thresholds but is not spacious enough to meet accessibility standards. The nearest accessible toilet is located at Kontula metro station.

For directions, please refer to this Map.

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