TransFolk Kucku 2018-19 was a art festival arranged by Loviisa Contemporary. It was curated by Heidi Lunabba and Beniamino Borghi and produced by Inari Porkka. The festival will consisted of small events ”Checkpoints”during 2018 and 2019 and ended with a big final event ”Final Destination” in the summer of 2019. We built the festival around an international art residency program Loviisa Art Residency (https://lovart.fi) in Loviisa, that provided a venue for artists work and integrate with the community of the small town. Every artist coming to Loviisa Art Residency during the festival period contributed to the festival, presenting their works in a smaller event during their residency. TransFolk was a festival of all forms of contemporary art visual as well as dance, music and anything else. The artists involved in our program worked with the local communities, within the region of Loviisa and included citizens in the working process.
TransFolk was he theme of the festival, Kucku festival is a artfestival arranged annually by Loviisa Contemporary https://loviisacontemporary.weebly.com/
As in migration. As in moving from one place to another or staying, shaping the surroundings to be able to maintain oneself. As in cultures including nomadic tradition. As in transforming, developing, changing, becoming oneself. As in transgender (at times being forced to migration). As in cultures merging in to one, or existing side by side. As in normchritical thinking.
As in folk culture and new popular influences. As in doing art with people rather than for them. As in working where people are or using what people do as a starting point. As in using what people already feel connected to. As in minorities struggles being a part of any culture.
Invitation for anyone within the rainbow community:
LGBTQIA+ -people and their children
LGBTQIA+ -people of colour
LGBTQIA+ -people with disabilities
And other minorities within the minority.
Other is a norm-critical community comics project. Through photography, text and drawn elements we tell stories about how social norms affect and limit the lives of LGBTQIA-people.