Museum of Impossible Forms - MIF is a cultural center located in Kontula, East Helsinki, and the coming together of communities of art and cultural workers working to build anticolonial, anti patriarchal, and non-fascist commitments and futures.
MIF was founded in 2016 by an independent transdisciplinary group of art and cultural workers, researchers, philosophers, and pedagogues united by the common urgency of enabling a platform that would fill gaps in the critical artistic practice and pedagogy for BIPOC artists in Helsinki. Opening its doors in 2017 in Kontula’s shopping center, MIF has unfolded as a dynamically open space that practices decolonial, queer and intersectional feminist values; as a heterogeneous platform to engage with experimental, marginal, and migrant forms of expression; and as a laboratory for experiences, critical thought, and radical imagination.
In the past five years we have developed numerous events and significant interventions in cinema, performance, music, spoken word, theory, visual arts, socially engaged and activism-based practices, and pedagogy. MIF has become an indispensable resource for migrant knowing and a stronghold for contemporary artistic practices and alternate pedagogies in East Helsinki. As a collective project that builds communities, we seek to defy prejudices of otherness and structural inequality, working for a society based on dignity, diversity, equity, allyship and solidarity, and towards developing and strengthening pluralist art practices in Finland and elsewhere.
“a sea cannot exist without waves”, MIF’s program and research framework since 2021, is dedicated to new internationalisms and transnational feminist methodologies, deconstructing the legacies of coloniality in order to imagine and create socio-ecological futures based on care and reciprocity. Through our program we focus on amplifying diasporic knowledge(s), translocal experiences, and epistemic plurality as necessary conditions for our collective wellbeing. With it, we seek to advance and continue building MIF’s capacity as a long-term site for experimental art, convivial research, insurgent learning, speculative futurities, and to strengthen trans-temporal, trans-local and trans-generational complicities with non-dominant practices and communities.
Giovanna Esposito Yussif (since 2021)
Marianne Savallampi - Chair
Soko Hwang - Vice-chair
Danai A. Anagnostou - Secretary
Vishnu Vardhani Rajan - Treasurer
Ali Akbar Mehta - Member
Raine Aiava - Member
David Muñoz Alcántara - Member
Ji Kim, Soko Hwang
Marianne Savallampi (2017–2021)
Ali Akbar Mehta (2019–2020)
Chistopher Wessels (2017–2019)
Ahmed Al-Nawas (2017–2019)
Museum of Impossible Forms has received the generous support of Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland, Goethe Institut-Finnland, Ministry of Culture and Education, and Helsinki City.