Mobile Diaspora (2017)

Amir Jan, Anna Knappe and Pekka Niskanen. Mobile Diaspora is a series of short videos in which asylum seekers talk about their lives on their own terms. The videos portray asylum seekers as active participants who talk about their lives in camps and the endless waiting while their asylum cases are processed, their hopes and […]

a camp is a wall in a forest (2017)

Østfold kunstsenter, Fredrikstad, Norway VIDEO INSTALLATION: HD video (duration: 17 minutes) Prints on aluminium Carpet Windows A camp is a place where mohajers live in a state of waiting. Mohajers are asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrants in precarious situations and their camps are reception centers, detention centers, and temporary shelters. Camps are often located in […]

No Innocent Images installation at Akademirommet

No innocent images (2015)

Photographic series Inkjet prints 43 x 65 cm When the land is occupied, every image of it becomes political. Any photograph in the wrong hands can be used for gathering information and for justifying oppression. These photographic prints are made from pictures taken in Palestine in March 2015. They are merged together, preserving all the […]

Immigrant BVirds & Welcome to Finland installation at Taidehalli, two monitors

Immigrant Birds & Welcome to Finland (2014-2015)

video installation The installation consists of an open tent with two videos, one playing outside the tent (Welcome to Finland, duration: 7:43 min) and one playing inside the tent (Immigrant Birds, duration 14:22 min). In autumn 2012 in Helsinki, two Afghan asylum seekers held hunger strike for 71 days. They camped in Kansalaistori during the […]

Love and Kisses installation in Studio 17

Love and Kisses (2015)

1280 × 720 HD video Collection of YouTube videos Duration: 14:11 min Love and Kisses is a montage of Youtube videos from different users, where dogs are licking people’s faces. Some of the videos are more innocent looking and some disturbingly sexual. All of them are performances for the camera and for other people. For dogs licking is characteristic behaviour related to dominance and […]

Garbage Bird

Garbage Bird (2013)

Anna Knappe, Meherun Akter, Maruf Adnan and the children of Laldiarchor Participatory art project and 1920×1080 HD video documentation Video duration 13:25 min Floating Peers social practise workshop in Porapara Space for Artists, Chittagong, Bangladesh Garbage Bird and the Laldiarchor Cleaning Day video is a documentation of participatory art project by Anna Knappe, Meherun Akter […]

Home Sweet Home Suvela screen shot

Home Sweet Home Suvela (2013)

Video Duration: 10:37 min Home Sweet Home Suvela is a video portrait of Terho and his home in Suvela, Espoo, where Terho had lived for 16 years before he was evicted from his home. Suvela is said to be the most troubled area in Espoo, with lots of immigrants and high unemployment rates. The city […]

Three Ways to Escape installation at TR1

Mohajer (Three Ways to Escape) (2012)

HD Video Duration: 16:39 min Three ways to Escape video tells the story of three Afghan men who have applied asylum from Finland. Amir has received residence permit, Reza is waiting deportation in a detention center and Hadi is waiting for his asylum decision and info about his future in a refugee reception center. The three intertwined […]

Youth as Refugees in Suomesta gallery

Youth as Refugees (2009-2012)

Community Art project: Website and Media Installation Pekka Niskanen, Anna Knappe, Timo Piikkilä, Jaana Ristola, young refugees of Lammi refugee center and Härmälä family group home Youth as Refugees website was made together with young people from Afghanistan, the Congo and Somalia, who seek asylum from Finland. The site tells the story of the homelessness […]