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  • LIFT artists 2021

    Sonya Lindfors

    Born 1985 in Finland. Based in Helsinki, Finland.

    Lindfors is a choreographer, artistic director, facilitator and educator. She received a MA in choreography from the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2013. In the core of her work is the practice of shaking and challenging existing power structures and empowering communities. 

    Her time is divided between her own artistic work, educational work and working as the artistic director of UrbanApa; an inter-disciplinary and counter-hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices. In all her positions she creates and facilitates anti-racist and feminist platforms, where a festival, a performance, a publication or a workshop can operate as the site of empowerment and radical collective dreaming. 

    Lindfors makes her own and collaborative works such as performances, curated programs and performative actions. Her works have been shown and supported by Beursschouwburg, Kampnagel, Spring Utrecht, CODA – festival, Black Box Theater Oslo, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance among others. She is a member of Miracle Workers Collective that represented Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale. 

    Lindfors has been awarded The Finnish State Art prize for Dance (together with Anniina Jääskeläinen) in 2013, and Anti Festival International Prize for Live Art in 2018. 

    Maryan Abdulkarim

    Born 1982 in Somalia. Based in Helsinki, Finland.

    Abdulkarim is a social speaker, writer, and activist interested in themes relating to freedom. She participates actively in public discussion as a political commentator and a columnist. 

    She collaborates regularly with choreographer Sonya Lindfors and is a member of Miracle Workers Collective that represented Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale. Abdulkarim is also a  founding member of the Nordic Feminist Network, including policymakers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sami regions. Abdulkarim’s and Eeva Talvitie’s book, About ten myths on feminism was published in Finnish in 2018. Her second book will be published in collaboration with photographer Uwa Iduozee. She made her debut as a screenwriter in the short film Dream Job produced by Tuffi Films. 

    Abdulkarim received the Minna Canth prize in 2019, awarded annually to a person shaking the Finnish society. She is a member of the Obama Foundation Network. 



    Sonya and Maryan are the artists behind LIFT 2021 presentation ‘We Should All Be Dreaming’.