Bless Our Breath

Sep 01 → Nov 01, 2020

Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience

Jun 01 → Jun 30, 2020


Feb 14 → Apr 05, 2020

Pie of Trouble. Stays Trouble. Belly on Belly. Let’s Hang. Breathe you infinite. Oxygenenergizer. Animal Creature Plant Breath Soul. The Energy Plan. Amorphous Hypersensibility. Do Ants Breathe? Nova. The Multiple Amorphous Us. Air For Free.

Aug 11 → Sep 28, 2019

Teo Ala-Ruona TWAH (=These Worlds Are Here)

Jul 04 → Aug 02, 2019

Common Survival

Jan 26 → Apr 14, 2019

Anatomy Of Oil

Sep 15 → Nov 24, 2018

take care,

Jun 09 → Jul 20, 2018

Liquid Love

Jan 07 → Apr 14, 2017

Fuck the Patriarchy

Sep 09 → Nov 18, 2017

Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience

Jun 01 → Jun 30, 2020

Sonya Lindfors (Choreographer, Artistic Director), Willa Koerner (Strange Foundation), Teo Ala-Ruona (performance and visual artist, educator), Elina Minn (dramaturg, writer), Mandy Harris Williams (Women’s Center or Creative Work), Feminist Culture House, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Jenni Laiti, Kimi Hanauer, Pony Sweat (Emilia Richeson)

The online public program Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience pairs visionary creative practitioners from the United States, Finland and Sápmi to imagine future forms of care and resilience in relation to their communities and the COVID-19 crisis.

Organized weekly throughout June 2020, the four Care Practice sessions will consist of multi-sensory, participatory exercises, followed by intimate conversation-led sessions moderated by the guest presenters. The objective of the program is to rehearse care, to cultivate sustainable art structures and more equitable futures. Given the monumental impact of COVID-19 on every aspect of contemporary life, the hope is that this program will inspire participants to practice new forms of creative community. All of the programs are free, two hours in length and conducted in English.

The project is organized by the LA-based Gas Gallery and coordinated by curators Ceci Moss (Los Angeles) and Ki Nurmenniemi (Helsinki). It is supported by the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes’ Together Alone initiative.

The participants and organizers want to express our solidarity with the protests in the United States, and the movement for black lives. This event is free, but in lieu of a ticket, we request that you make a donation to community bail out funds, mutual aid organizations and racial justice organizers across the United States.

Saturday, June 6: Creating Spaces to Dream
Time: 10am PST / 1pm EST / 8pm EEST
Duration: 2 hrs
Warm-Up: Embodied writing exercises led by Ana Teo Ala-Ruona and Elina Minn
Discussion: Sonya Lindfors and Willa Koerner

Saturday, June 13: Building Caring Communities
Time: 10am PST / 1pm EST / 8pm EEST
Duration: 2 hrs
Warm Up: Community Chorus, a resistance-themed amatuer chorus, led by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
Discussion: Mandy Harris Williams (Women’s Center for Creative Work) and Feminist Culture House

Thursday, June 18: Situated Practices of Community Care and Resistance
Time: 10am PST / 1pm EST / 8pm EEST
Duration: 2 hrs
Warm-Up: Pony Sweat, a radical dance aerobics class
Discussion: Jenni Laiti and Kimi Hanauer

Saturday June 27: Recipes for Resilience
Time: 10am PST / 1pm EST / 8pm EEST
Duration: 2 hrs
Led by participants, this final workshop will create building blocks for the future.

Sonya Lindfors (Choreographer, Artistic Director)

Sonya Lindfors is a critically acclaimed Helsinki–based choreographer and the powerhouse artistic director of the ground-breaking UrbanApa artistic platform. Sonya divides her time between her own artistic work and art director’s position. In all her activities she pursues subversive ways of working that aim at challenging existing power structures. Currently, she is developing decolonial dreaming practices and educating on feminist leadership.

Willa Koerner (Strange Foundation)

Willa Koerner is a future-focused strategist, writer, editor, and artist designing opportunities and resources to catalyze creative brilliance. She is the co-founder of the Strange Foundation, an internet-and-nature-infused residency and retreat space in New York’s Catskill Mountains whose ultimate goal is to help forge a stranger, more imaginatively regenerative future.

Teo Ala-Ruona (performance and visual artist, educator)

Teo Ala-Ruona is a Helsinki–based artist and educator interested in generating new forms of collectivity, futurities and understanding of interdependencies, as well as space for unheard, marginalized or non-normative, queer and trans narratives and experiences. His work focuses on queer speculative fiction in forms of speech performances, texts, sound installations, video, community organizing and writing workshops.

Elina Minn (dramaturg, writer)

Elina Minn is a writer and dramaturg working in the fields of contemporary art and performance. Elina is committed to nurturing cultures of experimentation, play and rest. They are fascinated by the dancing body, the spiritual body, the animal body and humans’ shared ancestry with other cellular life forms. Elina’s background is in animation, illustration and graphic design – drawing is their first language.

Mandy Harris Williams (Women’s Center or Creative Work)

Mandy Harris Williams is the Programming Director of the Women’s Center for Creative Work, an organization that cultivates LA’s feminist creative communities and practices. She is a theorist, multimedia conceptual artist, writer, educator, radio host and internet/community academic. Mandy’s work seeks to get everybody the love that they deserve. She focuses on desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force. She graduated from Harvard, having studied the History of the African Diaspora, as well as the mass incarceration crisis, and other contemporary black issues. She received her MA in Urban Education and worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years in low income communities.

Feminist Culture House

Feminist Culture House (FCH) is an intersectional feminist organisation based in Helsinki, Finland, working with and for underrepresented artists and arts workers. It’s co-founders are Katie Lenanton, Neicia Marsh, Orlan Ohtonen, and Selina Väliheikki. The main goal of FCH is to function as a supportive structure for those who are practicing in the Finnish art field, but due to – for example – structural racism and cis-sexism, have to work harder to be 4recognised. FCH aims to create a caring and inclusive feminist working community that is based on sharing, togetherness, celebrating, and supporting one’s peers.

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is a Los Angeles-based artist creating experimental, immersive public ritual with sound, sculpture, video, costume, and collective performance. Her work uses ancient archetypes, canonized heroic narratives, and mythological tropes to explore structures of power and the actions one can take – both as individuals and collectively – to combat psychic and systemic oppression. She is the creator/composer of the site-specific choral/movement ensemble, Song of Eurydice; teaches Songbuilding workshops to adults and tweens; makes up one half of the duo, Bouquet; and – with conductor Tany Ling – leads Community Chorus, a resistance-themed, commitment-free chorus that performs at justice-themed events.

Jenni Laiti

Jenni Laiti was born in Inari, Finnish side of Sápmi and lives in Jokkmokk, Swedish side of Sápmi. Laiti works on the interface between art and activism and has a degree in traditional Sámi handicraft, Duodji. Her work is a mixture of performative direct action, culture jamming and installation. It deals with decolonialism, Indigenous rights and climate justice. In recent years, Jenni has been developing situated methods for land-based art practices that, on one hand, aim to strengthen and empower Sámi communities and on the other, share important knowledge and resilience skills stemming from these communities and their traditions. Jenni is asking what it takes to 'become human again' – eallit olmmožin – to acknowledge our interconnectedness and to live accordingly. Her aim is to develop solutions to the ecological crises that are based on communality and situated practices.

Kimi Hanauer

Kimi Hanauer is an artist, cultural organizer, and writer based in Los Angeles. Kimi is the founding editor of Press Press, a publishing studio that aims to shift and deepen the understanding of voices, identities, and narratives that have been suppressed or misrepresented by the mainstream. In this role, Kimi has edited multiple publications, including Sentiments, If I Ruled the World, and Manifesto for Tender Collaborative Work. Kimi’s practice ranges in forms, including events, publications, and in

Pony Sweat (Emilia Richeson)

Founder of Pony Sweat, a fiercely non-competitive, radical dance aerobics class.

Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience
2 people writing with colored markers on craft paper
Care Practice: Creating Spaces to Dream
Janne Mikkilä posed, in black and white
Janne Mikkilä posed, in black and white
Photographed by Janne Mikkilä
4 people looking at camera, wearing bright lovely clothes, before a plethora of potted plants
Care Practice: Building Caring Communities
Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience
People in workout wear and street clothes (denim jackets) engaged in exercise class
People in workout wear and street clothes (denim jackets) engaged in exercise class
Photographed by Zohn Mandel
Ritual for Democracy at Triforium Tany Ling conducting community chorus
Ritual for Democracy at Triforium Tany Ling conducting community chorus
Photographed by Steven Andrew Garcia
Care Practice: Situated Practices of Community Care and Resistance