What kind of role can art and its methods play in just sustainability transformations?

Punos is running the four-year project Whose Climate, Whose Futures? and commissioning collaborative artworks by artist groups committed to advancing climate justice. We work in close cooperation with artists and our interest lies in the importance of imagination in building livable, loveable, and sustainable futures.

The first Punos Commission, Orodansádji – A Place to Be, was created by Jenni Laiti, Merethe Kuhmunen and Sunna Nousuniemi in 2021–2022. It focuses on the Sámi people’s right to self-determination, climate justice, and queerness in the context of Sámi culture. Preparations for A Place to Be have taken place in different parts of the Sápmi region, and the work is based on dialogue, both online and face-to-face. A Place to Be delves into the themes of rest, renewal, and intergenerational togetherness through duodji (Sámi crafts), the Northern Sámi language, and music.

The second Punos Commission, Acts of Love by Ama Josephine Budge, curator and artist, was initiated in early 2022. This work highlights questions of anti-racism, care and responsibility in the context of artistic work and art institutions. Budge makes tangible and deconstructs the systemic processes of power that must be identified and deconstructed in order to achieve sustainable and just worlds.

The third commission will begin in 2023. This work of art will also address questions of climate justice and sustainability from several intersecting perspectives. The underlying idea is that the works facilitated by Punos will become intertwined, forming a new type of arts ecosystem in the long term.