KUVA: ALEKSI POUTANEN
On December 2017, Kone Foundation awarded Leonardo Custódio and Monica Gathuo a grant to conduct the project we call Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA): Research and Activism Collaboration for Creative Uses of Digital Media, Pedagogy and Arts against Racism in Finland (watch us talk about ARMA here).
In ARMA, we are interested in researching and collaborating with media initiatives by people who suffer from racism that directly or indirectly contribute to denouncing, challenging, mobilizing and acting against racism and its consequences in Finland and in Brazil, where we have established some cooperational partnerships.
ARMA has three pillars: knowledge exchange (KE), creative publishing (CP) and international networking (IN).
ARMA is a three-year project.
In 2018, we will focus on listening, learning and reporting. In other words, creating and exchanging knowledge through interviews with activists who suffer from racism in both countries. In Brazil, we partnered with the black women-led organization Criola. In 2019 and 2020, we will organize lectures, workshops and open talks.
All these events will bring together international and local activists and scholars to talk, exchange knowledge, network and hopefully create new joint actions in Finland and abroad.
This is the ARMA project in a nutshell.