Pilots in Finland

Experimentation begins in cooperation with the Tiuku collective and Ofelia puppetry theatre. Tiuku is a network that brings together scholars, artists, and media professionals in a variety of co-productions. Tiuku, Ofelia and TRUST will co-develop art-informed approaches to recognise, collect and reflect on the experiences that children and young people have had while on the move. TRUST follows the work of an art group performing “Reetu and Lola”, a puppet musical about the forced displacement and general experiences of children on the move. The musical script is based on autobiographical descriptions of experiences of moving to a new location and trying to establish new roots. The storyline is inspired by the experiences of Karelian evacuees during the Second World War and the experiences of contemporary Somali people fleeing Africa. This children’s theatre play was staged in October 2016 in Svenska Teatern’s premises in Helsinki.

The TRUST research team has conducted audience work in puppetry workshops with children and young people. These workshops are based on the idea of discussing participants’ experiences through creating their own puppets under the guidance of the Ofelia artist. The workshops focus on the lived experiences of being on the move, finding friends and the formative moments of feeling belonging. These workshops are videotaped and photographed in order to gather the audience’s narratives and to be able to research the embodied nature of belonging.

TRUST and Ofelia (together with Yhteiset Lapsemme ry.) also conducted Mexican mask workshops with unaccompanied minors and Finnish youth. These four workshops were organised during autumn 2016 in a secondary school and in a group home.

Schedule: Autumn 2016-Spring 2017

Responsible researchers: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Kristiina Korjonen-Kuusipuro and Jaakko Tuominen