Editorial Tables: Reciprocal Hospitalities is an exhibition and public programme bringing together the publishing practices of Ruth Beale, Sezgin Boynik (Rab-Rab Press), Minna Haukka & Kristin Luke (The Mobile Feminist Library), Minna Henriksson, Rose Nordin, and Elham Rahmati & Vidha Saumya (NO NIIN magazine).
Editorial Tables celebrates the production and dissemination of knowledge through the act of independent, experimental and artist-led publishing, with a focus on intersecting feminist and decolonial perspectives. The project involves a range of publishing, archiving, print and distribution practices by artists, curators and art workers; bringing these into relation and dialogue in the lead-up to the realisation of the exhibition at The Showroom.
The space of the exhibition aims to open up new connections through live processes of encounter and exchange around printed matter, where visitors can engage and think with the material in the space. There will be opportunities to connect, correspond and collaborate during the public programme and over the eight-week duration of the show.
Editorial Tables: Reciprocal Hospitalities is a collaborative project between The Showroom and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, building upon a long-term process of curatorial exchange following the inaugural Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019, convened by Frame in Helsinki, Finland; and leading to the establishment of a new partnership with the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland. The exhibition and public programme are co-curated by Lily Hall at The Showroom and Yvonne Billimore & Jussi Koitela at Frame.
The collaboration forms part of the core exhibition and public programme at The Showroom in 2023; Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme for 2019–2023; and Together Again, a programme by the Finnish Academic and Cultural Institutes, towards which artist Minna Henriksson will further contribute in 2023.
Image: Minna Henriksson, Lentolehtiset / Leaflets (after Elvi Sinervo, Runo Sörnäisistä, p. 76-77). Linocut on paper, 2019. Courtesy of the artist
This exhibition and public programme are the first in a series of international collaborations forming the final year of Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Rehearsing Hospitalities working with The Showroom , UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society Oslo), Vera List Center for Art and Politics (New York), Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland. More details on these collaborations will be announced in January.
Rehearsing Hospitalities 2023 is part of the EU-funded project Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions. The Finnish Academic and Cultural Institutes’ commissioning programme Together Again is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Wihuri Foundation. The Showroom is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.