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Ruukuu | Parallel Indigeneities, Art Worlds and Frictions

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Call for Contributions
Due Date
Fr 16.2.2024

For the journal Ruukuu, contributions can be submitted via the Research Catalogue.

Today, Indigenous peoples live in very diverse environments, among different dominations, and in varying political conditions. Although the histories of Indigenous peoples have much in common, the experiences of colonization as well as contemporalities and ways of self-understanding vary. These experiences are expressed, for example, in stories, handicrafts, songs, and visual arts, and are conceptualized using various discursive resources. The contemporary art of Indigenous peoples is often place-bound and earth-based. 
While the colonization of countries, bodies, and minds continues with various assimilationist and extractivist actions, Indigenous peoples' knowledge is currently appreciated, asked for, and desired in research and art institutions. For example, Indigenous studies programs are established at universities, and the works of Indigenous artists are curated for the world's most prestigious exhibitions. It is also widely recognized that the knowledge of Indigenous peoples is needed, especially in the transition to sustainability.
In the arts, the intersection of desires and needs can cause many affects and frictions, even shame and silence. Among Indigenous peoples, there may be ‘ethnostress', i.e., the confusion that one does not consider oneself to be Indigenous enough if, for example, one does not speak the language of one's people or know many handicraft skills. Elsewhere, artists, researchers, and curators may find the colonial baggage of their art institution heavy or otherwise feel inhibited from dealing with de/colonial issues. These experiences and inhibitions can be challenging to talk about.
We invite researchers, as well as artist-researchers and art pedagogists, working with the art of Indigenous peoples and other racialized and marginalized peoples to consider our questions about the coexistence of diverse art worlds. How can communal and intergenerational experiences be discussed by the arts? How can art and artistic research touch the ground and participate in circular cycles? How can museums, archives, and art institutions be decolonized from the viewpoint of indigenous peoples? How could art touch friction and silences in a multi-voiced and responsible way? How can these issues be approached through artistic research, and how does the perspective of indigenous studies challenge it?
We encourage artists and researchers to approach questions responsively, and also in ways that draw from rituals and folk art, such as incantation, prayer, ornament, dream, utopia, and humming.
The issue's editors are Lea Kantonen, Pekka Kantonen, Hanna Guttorm and Katarina Pirak Sikku.

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