Minun Helsinkini/My Helsinki/Wa Magaaleydi Helsinki – Finnish Somali Youth Speak for Themselves in Their Document Film

  • Helena Oikarinen-Jabai
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8230)


In my demonstration I will show a document film Minun Helsinkini/My Helsinki/Wa Magaaleydi Helsinki made by young men with Somali background. The film is one of the productions produced during my multidisciplinary research project A Finn, a Foreigner or a Transnational Hip-hopper? Participatory Art-Based Research on the Identification Negotiations and Belonging of the Second Generation Finnish Immigrant Youth in Helsinki, Finland. My research project deals with themes of cultural in-between spaces and issues of multiculturalism that I have also approached in my previous research. Methodologically I am interested in applying experimental postures and perspectives in the research context. I think that art based, narrative and performative methods can be used to advance understanding of the interplay between diverse contemporary social and aesthetic realities, and can also be seen as a way of building bridges between artistic and scientific approaches in academic contexts.


art and media based research performativity visual approaches video as a participatory tool multidisciplinary youth work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Oikarinen-Jabai
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  1. 1.School of Art, Design and ArchitectureAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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