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  • 1 – 9 December


    We Should All Be Dreaming is an ongoing practice initiated in 2018 by artist-activist duo Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim. The project  focuses on the radical potential of decolonial dreaming as a restorative and subversive practice and materializes through different iterations that are always context-specific. In the frame of the Europe-wide A I S T I T / coming to our senses programme, Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim have curated a free online publication, We Should All Be Dreaming: Words Make Worlds, featuring contributions from artists, activists, writers and poets, predominantly based in London and Helsinki.

    The publication will be launched with an online event on Thursday 9th December from 4pm – 5:30pm. CLICK here to attend the panel discussion between London-based Arab artist and organiser Tamara Al-Mashouk; London-based visual arts curator Adelaide Bannerman; American-based Ghanaian-British writer, filmmaker, artist and educator P. Sam Kessie; and London-based writer, poet and educator Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, all of whom have contributed to the publication. Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim will host and facilitate the event, which will also include an Afrofuturistic sound meditation session.


    Produced by The Finnish Institute in the UK & Ireland and UrbanApa in collaboration with LIFT

    UrbanApa is an anti-racist and feminist art community that acts as a platform for art events, new ways of doing, and discourses that centre on art. UrbanApa’s values include communality, intersectional feminism, decolonialism, inclusivity, equality, softness, play, and joy. The community strives to look into the future, and to rethink the kind of art that could and should be done.

    The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland is an expert on Finnish culture and society. The Institute supports the internationalisation of Finnish contemporary art and helps artists, researchers and social and cultural actors to create international networks. The Institute was founded in 1991 and it is a non-profit, private foundation funded by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.




    LIFT is following government and industry guidelines to ensure we are creating safe environments for audiences, participants, artists and staff. You can read more details about our safety measures on our Covid Guidelines page.

    Artists: Sonya Lindfors & Maryan Abdulkarim (Helsinki, Finland)

    An online publication due to be launched on Thursday 9th December, 2021. 

    Image credit: Essi Orpana