There Is No Space For Us! (Meille Ei Ole Tilaa!)
The company owning Tampere university of applied sciences decided to terminate the fine arts study program. Like usually in politics, the decision was made behind closed doors, and was supposed to come true slowly and silently.
It is staggering and absurd that Finlands second largest city is ready to terminate fine art education, like there ́s no use for culture and civilisation. No matter how staggering the termination decision was, the local media didn ́t even raise their eye-browns for it. (Needless to say, that the local newspaper Aamulehti strongly and oplenly identifies itself close to the right wing politics.)
When our first semester started, it was unclear were we even able to finish our education in Tampere. The atmosphere towards fine artists and especially art students seemed dismissive and rejecting, like there was no space for us. As a descriptive statement for the situation, our group decided to organize a performance where we were life drawing in the middle of the afternoon rush in railwaystation of Tampere.
(Photo above: Riina Vilén)