Undoing Eurocentrism

A series of book reviews with the aim of Undoing Eurocenterim with the focus on mainstream Western educational institutions. A pice for the inside-an-airport members who are interested in the intersection of art and political activism.  

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Open Studio 

Location: (Studio Sodo)
Opening Spring 2020


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Writing Inside-an-airport blog

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Performance Lab XII

Lecture Performance:
Let’s Fix a cultural issue, with an economic solution
An antè-performative pre-post-modern history of

Potbellies [optional],
Rotten black teeth,
And “round” intellectual glasses,

Who thought they would save the earth from themselves.

Museum of Impossible Forms
(Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 00940 Helsinki)
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Thesis Presentation

How To Build a Wall: Introduction into Art
(Cultural Examination of Neoliberalism and its Reactionary Nationalism)

Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki
Elimäenkatu 25 A, Helsinki, Site & Situation
Wednesday 23.1.2019 10.00-11.0

As artists and curators, we are in the business of production of culture, this activity is placed next to a political and architectural act, namely “production of new walls”. Yet, not all acts of art-making or creation is a precursor of an art-system or art-market which is a necessary part of this problematic. The aim is not to present the art system as the ultimate problem but to remind the artists that certain modes of cultural production would bring about harmful outcomes to certain subjects or communities. The question of “what we are seeing” needs to be pushed back to “what are the conditions that made this presentation possible?”, which in some sense relates to the platforms of cultural production and distribution in relation to power and hegemonic discourses. Hami Bahadori has examined the current condition of art-making from an everyday perspective through the works of Wendy Brown on sovereignty, and Edward Said on culture and imperialism.

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Birth of the Asylum: For Aleksis Kivi and Rabia of Basra

Collaboration with Suva & Fayaz Dae
@Galleria Lapinlahti
(Lapinlahden lähde, Lapinlahdenpolku 8, 00180 Helsinki)
Opening: 14.8. from 5 to 7 pm

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HOW TO BUILD A WALL: Introduction into Art

Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
(Merimiehenkatu 36 C, inner courtyard 00150 Helsinki)
24.08.2018 – 15.09.2018
Opening event & performances: 23.08.2018 @18:00

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Shipwreck Information Center

13.07.2018  – 20.08.2018 @ Brinkkala Gallery, Turku
Opening: 13.07.2018 17:00
PDF catalog

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Red May Seattle

This Might Not Work and Red May Collective
01.05.2018 – 30.05.2018

Maybe we can’t move beyond Capitalism by next week but we can sure as hell take a vacation from it. From the buzzwords Seattle is particularly vulnerable to. High Tech. Entrepreneur. The Innovation Society. The Gig Economy. If everything around us chants “There is no alternative to Capitalism,” if all we’re told is that History is over and it ends with us, don’t you think simple mental hygiene demands that we try to think outside of that box for (at the very least) one month a year? So join us for a month’s vacation. A Left-wing arts fest. A one-month teach-in. A multi-venue, hydra-headed, no-apologies jam. We want Seattle to turn red for a month. To eat red food (apples, red dots, radishes), to wear red accessories, to get caught red-handed reading Karl Marx, and (while the world maximizes human capital) to live prodigally in the red as if there’s no tomorrow. Anyone can play. The rules? There are only two. First, riff on red. And second, assume for a month that the market is not the solution to the problems that the market creates.

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Safety and Possible Hazards

Guided tour of the gallery, Kuvan Kevät 2018
9.5.2018  13:00
@Exhibition Laboratory
(Merimiehenkatu 36 C, inner courtyard 00150 Helsinki)

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“Replay Omspelning Uusintaotto Repetición”

Political Art and Aesthetics in the Everyday
Hami Bahadori, Lena Séraphin, Minna Heikinaho

Winter Symposium
04.02.2018 – 11:00 @University of Copenhagen
Campus Amager, Njalsgade 80, 2300 København S collaboration with University of Copenhagen

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Public reading

Simultaneities with the publishing of Lena Seraphin’s book “Replay” (link)
10.11.2017  12:45 @Public library (Raaseporintie 8) Tammisaari, Finland

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Santa Clause is Coming to Town (You Better Watch Out) #3

Film Screening at Kino-Klub
22.10.2017 18:00 @Ex-club, Merimiehenkatu 36, Helsinki

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25.01.2016 – 15:00

Merikatu 13, 00140 Helsinki
(outdoors – Meeting in front of the park)

Curated by 13lock.
Supported by the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.

“It is not necessary that a crowd should be numerous for the faculty of seeing what is taking place before its eyes to be destroyed and for the real facts to be replaced by hallucinations unrelated to them.” -Gustave Le Bon

“Are we devolving from a republic into a society of clans, a world where every family withdraws behind its walls and lets the commons fall to ruin?” -William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep

“In modern societies, therefore, the ‘arts of governing’ – what Foucault also called ‘governmentality’ – do not consist primarily in being repressive, but rather in an ‘internalized’ self-discipline, a mode of self- control that always serves to regulate ‘one’s own’ precariousness.” -Isabell Lorey, State of Insecurity

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Before After Party

Collaboration with Matt Bell
Tasku Galleria – Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki
Opening 08/10/2017 18:00—21:00

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On loan

INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Opening: August 21, 2016, 6–8pm
Exhibition: August 21 – September 3
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 4-8pm
Collaboration with Brandon Aleson, as part of This Might Not Work collective.

Participating Artists:

Clifford Owens
Martha Rosler
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Mladen Stilinović
Susanne Winterling
Jueqian Fang

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Nature Torture, (Charged frame)

“Sometimes [Francis] Galton forced himself to watch rabbits and birds being fed to the snakes at the London Zoo. He found the sight horrible but fascinating, and he could not understand how children and their nurses could stand right next to him and smile or stroll on by. ‘Their indifference were perhaps the most painful element of the whole transaction. Their sympathy were absolutely unawakened.’” -Time, Love, Memory, Jonathan Weiner

Time and Date: Wednesday, June 15  2016 – 7:00 pm
Location: The Apartment, Seattle WA

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Curated by Daniele di Lodovico, Organized by This Might Not Work (Hami Bahadori & Matthew Bell)
Gallery 110 – April 7 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception:  April 7, 2016, 5-8p

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“A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it” -René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

Matt Bell and I started this project a month ago when I moved to a small studio apartment. Our collaboration was cut short because he left for his travels around the world, I finished the piece and decided to have a small opening for the friends.
Time: Sunday, Dec 20th, 2015

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Never Forget : Because it Happens again

Public project – Light Installation,
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 – 8 pm Duration: 2 hours
Location: 1199 5th St SE Puyallup, WA 98372

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This Might Not Work

Series of events and performances co-founded by Matthew Bell

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Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015

Visual Arts & Design Showcase

Collaboration with Matt Bell

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Strange Coupling

May 2015,
Collaboration with Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

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Still Life

January 16th – 24th 2015

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MELT Exhibition

January 15th, 2015 – March 15, 2015
At Youngstown Center for Arts and Culture, West Seattle
MELT is a visual art exhibition consists of works of local and international artists. All the artists presented in the exhibition have been somehow associated with University of Washington School of Art in the past but the exhibition was made possible independently from University of Washington School of Art. These professional artists have been working on this show since June of 2014 and the entire art pieces shown in the exhibition was made specifically for the space (Youngstown Cultural Arts Center). The show is an opportunity to engage youth with art or science as well as a response to current educational issues. The inspiration for the exhibition came from the amazing historical aspect of the space and it’s diverse and democratic background. MELT is a direct response to the contemporary issues surrounding youth, childhood education, and memory.

The opening night of exhibition on January 15th would be a special opportunity to witness the collaboration of the artist for an amazing performance held at the location from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


Hami Bahadori
Matt Bell
Mia Bian
Alex Boeschenstein
Max Cleary
Jueqian Fang
Kori Kori
Mario Lemafa
Katy Lester
Justen Waterhouse
Event Link:

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Welcome to my Dream #2

Light Installation commissioned by U-District Partnership for “Alley Nights”

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Mentoring for incarcerated youth

I am working with juvenile inmates in Washington state prisons to familiarize the, with art and photography. We are in search of some cameras for them. Even an old beat up camera seems amazing to a youth behind bars.
If you are one of those cool cats who has an old camera, you can donate it to  “incarcerated youths” who are passionate about learning. The incarcerated youth students at gateways to incarcerated youth are looking for some camera’s to work with.