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inaway / Ramina Habibollah & Nayab Ikram
inaway is a curatorial duo formed by the artists Nayab Ikram and Ramina Habibollah. In their curatorial practice they facilitate and work in allyship with BIPOC artists, through an intersectional feminist perspective. Their work aims to challenge the norms of cultural politics in Finland to be more inclusive of BIPOC representation.
For MAA-Tila, inaway is shifting the focus from curating into creating. As artists they will facilitate each other's processes in their individual practices.
Nayab Ikram (b.1992, Mariehamn) is a photographer and visual artist of Pakistani diaspora from the Åland Islands, based in Turku. Ikram works with concepts dealing with the feeling of in-betweenship, cultural identity and the collective memory. She explores the concepts using symbols, rituals and abstract form of expressions through photography, performance and installations.
Ramina Habibollah (b.1992, Tehran) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Espoo. Her installations and performances touch upon notions of ecology, feminism and cyborg anthropology. She is interested in exploring alternative ways of co-existing with other-than-human bodies and other dimensions.
Image credit: Anna Ting Möller
Azar Saiyar (b.1979) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and media artist whose work is often based on various kinds of archives. Her work researches and challenges the found material, by carefully watching, listening and getting lost in the found details. Working with archives is also connected to the concept of the right to cultural information. The idea that everyone can freely access information, the knowledge is in us, it cannot be owned. At the same time, archives easily deceive us. There are whole stories, individuals, groups of people and ways of life that are left out. This inadequacy - the lack of certain images and words - is also an important part of Saiyar’s narration.
Image credit: Azar Saiyar
Ahmed Al-Nawas is an art curator and artist. His praxis is informed by his location in the interstices of society, constantly examining and contesting the notions of margins and center. Al-Nawas is co-founder of The Museum of Impossible Forms and Third Space.
Image credit: Kaapo Kamu