Finland’s first fair dedicated to homeless people, shown in a museum

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

The Homelessness Fair, curated by Finish artists Jani Leinonen and Riiko Sakkinen, introduced a whole new exhibition concept to the Finnish art scene. Exhibited at Hyvinkää Art Museum, Leinonen and Sakkinen have invited different civic organisations that deal with homelessness, social institutions and other active parties in the field to take part in the exhibition. The context is art, which at its best is a meeting place of different approaches and viewpoints. The exhibition project has documentaries about homelessness, a social comic workshop for the homeless which is instructed by artist Katja Tukiainen, and there is also the Finnish Football Championship of the Homeless on 15 June 2013.

The Homelessness Fair is an antithesis to the Housing Fair that is held in Hyvinkää July – August 2013. The Housing Fair focuses on housing technology, environmental issues and the stylishness of interior decoration without problematising the societal and social dimensions of homelessness. In other words, The Homelessness Fair is a forum which creates discussion about what homelessness is and how it is defined.

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen – Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Jani Leinonen - Riiko Sakkinen - Homelessness fair
Jani Leinonen & Riiko Sakkinen – Homelessness fair, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 2013

Photos: Ella Tommila

 

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