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Dances of the present

Equipped only with a small video camera, a sound recorder and my dancing body I got to know new friends in Grand Popo. For me, the dances that I participated in during my time in Villa Karo was a part of a continuous, international and intercultural exchange. In this text I want to discuss dancing […]

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Vendors of all things

In a nocturnal landscape, abandoned and deserted petrol stations. The story you find is never the one you expect from the outset. I could not envision a sense of a nearly total disability of verbal communication, though I knew I lacked any knowledge of the local languages. You get along with French but my french […]

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ENVIRO-Crafts and Recycling Workshops

     

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ENVIRO- Arts and Crafts Exhibition

  VILLA KARO, LISSA GBASSA, May 2014 We are honoured to present the following artists: Gabin Ayohouannon, Florent Coovi Nagoba, Richard Dinosaure, Hedy, Johanna Havimäki, Adjanohun Loetamini, Sakari Kannosto ja joulukuun työpajan osallistujat, Matti Kurkela, Albert Toessi Text: Blanchard Djoussou and Maikki Salmivaara Photos and video: Maikki Salmivaara

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Opening of the crafts and recycling weekend of ENVIRO project

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Confessions of an Anthropologist

Villa Karo’s intern in duty, Emmi, who is also an anthropologist, is reflecting ethics, understanding and responsibility in a foreign culture. ”No one will ever read it anyways.“ Those were the words that I kept repeating to myself every time I started to doubt my ethnographic skills during my fieldwork in Lagos, Nigeria. I wondered […]

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Everyday Life of Benin?

Finnish photographer Juha Metso’s exhibition “Voodoo – Afrikan arkea” (“Voodoo – Everyday Life in Africa” or “Glimpses of Everyday Life in Africa”) opened this week, and some of the exhibited photos were available for public already through Helsingin Sanomat’s web article earlier in September. The photographs represent powerful images of Vodun practices in Benin. The […]

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Memory

Memory, the exhibition of Anna Retulainen in Helsinki Contemporary 5.9.-28.9.2014. The texts are from pages of Helsinki Contemporary helsinkicontemporary.com Memory consists of a series of paintings and drawings that examines memory and remembering. The exhibition builds upon the experiences of two journeys Retulainen made to Africa in 2013. The first one started at Villa Karo […]

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Thank you, Florent!

ILOMANTSI. I’m afraid I have some disappointing news. The first ever world champion of bear sculpting isn’t traveling back to Benin now that the competition is over. Florent’s workmanship was largely appreciated – both by the jury and the public – but the jury decided to give the first prize to a Finnish chainsaw sculptor […]

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A Log of Scots Pine in Beninese Hands

Miikka Pörsti reports from Ilomantsi: “I hear it’s louder here now than during the Winter war”, said member of the jury and outsider artist Eero Pulkki as the Bear sculpting championships had just begun in the keskusta of Ilomantsi, 10am this morning. Many of the 32 competitors are using chainsaws. However, some of them, like […]

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