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Good, but not good enough. Bad, but not bad enough.

Good, but not good enough. Bad, but not bad enough.

World Mental Health Day was celebrated on October 10th. This year, G.A.P decided to join in Mieli’s campaign to highlight the positive effects of true listening, genuine presence and being heard on our mental health. The following article deals with depression, suicidal thoughts, isolation and gaslighting. It has been produced as a response to our Open Call for a blog post in which we invited aspiring writers, bloggers or anyone interested to share their personal story about struggles with inclusion…

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Two recipes for quarantine days’ survival by Elizaveta Bomash

Two recipes for quarantine days’ survival by Elizaveta Bomash

#chocolatebrownies #stephencovey Breath in – breath out, as another day in quarantine begins. The morning is not so different from pre-quarantine days: wake up early, make coffee, cook breakfast, play with my son, feed the dog, discuss plans for the day with my husband, do a family hug if the spirit is low. A quick meditation to focus on what needs to be done, breath in – breath out. Beneath the surface, things are deviating from the usual. It feels…

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Cultural activism of the foreign kind by Nathalie Sallegren

Cultural activism of the foreign kind by Nathalie Sallegren

I surrender now in a way that I wouldn’t have been capable of before. A complex network of selfish emotions bubbled under the surface of my professional ego before the pandemic and my social and geographical isolation is now experienced by everyone. No longer mine to suffer alone. I am shamefully relieved. We are all mortal and cannot control the way the world turns. Cultural work has become the natural steam for me, I have learnt to rely on it…

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My life as a foreign-born artist in Finland during the Coronavirus outbreak by Louise Charles-Saarikoski

My life as a foreign-born artist in Finland during the Coronavirus outbreak by Louise Charles-Saarikoski

My life as a foreign-born artist in Finland during the Coronavirus outbreak by Louise Charles-Saarikoski I am a full-time artist originally from the UK making my living from creating and selling my art from my studio in Helsinki. This is my account of how the Coronavirus has affected me and my business. Through the door of my studio comes commission orders for dog portrait paintings and people interested in paintings they have seen on display in the window or from…

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A 25m2 time capsule by María Paloma Velázquez

A 25m2 time capsule by María Paloma Velázquez

At home. Under shelter. Locked down. In quarantine. Alone. In solidarity. My residence is small, but warm. 25m2 in total. An en suite room that I have appointed as a space of rest, leisure, dining, work, exercise, study, and social gathering. It has served for all these activities before, but not exclusively. Now it is an epitome of all of them. It is my temporary host, a space of restriction and safety. It has witnessed all my habits, emotional expressions,…

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Groundlessness: Reflections in First and Third person, by Uzair Amjad

Groundlessness: Reflections in First and Third person, by Uzair Amjad

11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 I came to Finland to pursue a Masters Degree in Visual Arts, Game and Narrative Design. But just into my second year, I ran into an unforeseeable financial situation, the kind of “unforeseeable financial situation” which is a regular fixture of adult life. I was completely unprepared for it, with my next visa renewal appointment just around the corner I had to save up Four Thousand Euros in Six months in order to not get kicked out of the…

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Kemê’ Final words speech at Opening the Nordic Art Sector seminar

Kemê’ Final words speech at Opening the Nordic Art Sector seminar

Photography credits: Marta Anna Løvberg The following text is closing words speech by Kemê Pellicer at the seminar “Opening the Nordic Art Sector” organised by Globe Art Point in collaboration with the Center for cultural policy research Cupore, Culture for All and Hanaholmen, supported by the Arts Promotion Center Finland and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, on May 16th 2019 as part of the #STOPHATREDNOW 2019 Festival.     Here we are, at the end of the seminar….

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UNVEIL CREATIVE CHAOS! A CALL TO STORM THE BASTILLE. By Ceyda Berk-Söderblom

UNVEIL CREATIVE CHAOS! A CALL TO STORM THE BASTILLE. By Ceyda Berk-Söderblom

 “We live longer but less precisely and in shorter sentences …” These lines are picked from “Tutaj” (Here), a painfully beautiful dialogue between two great souls who are not with us anymore: the Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) and the extraordinary trumpeter Tomasz Stańko (1942–2018). The stunning trumpet improvisations in response to the poet’s reading makes this live-recorded poetry and jazz combination a treasure and reminds us that at the end of the day what stays in our hearts…

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THE HIGH ART OF THE HORRIBLE ACCENT. Speech by Sivan Ben Yishai

THE HIGH ART OF THE HORRIBLE ACCENT. Speech by Sivan Ben Yishai

World Theatre Day  27.3.19, The finnish national Theatre, Helsinki ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—- “It wouldn’t be difficult to describe,  what I saw as I turned my head and looked backwards. The city was far, tiny. Burning in the distance like a star in space. If you had seen her from above like i did, if you had looked at her from a house-top like me, you would have seen how people were pouring out of her. A swarm of people like candies,  rolling…

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