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Rethinking Design: A Dialogue on Anti-Racism and Art Activism from a Decolonial Perspective

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This chapter focuses on feminist anti-racist activism from a decolonial perspective in the field of cultural production. The authors analyze racialized and racist representations in Finland, and propose interventions from a decolonial perspective. We propose a number of strategies in the field of representation to create non-stereotypical and demeaning racist images, in order to challenge and transform racialized representational practices. We analyze our experience of Finland through concepts such as the white savior complex, white fragility and racial illiteracy to grasp the specificity of the ways through which racism is given meaning and acted upon.

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  1. 1.

    https://plan.fi/en.

  2. 2.

    Personal communication with prof. emeritus Vapaasalo.

  3. 3.

    Personal communication to Sasha Huber.

  4. 4.

    http://www.werstas.fi/nae-ja-koe/nayttelyt/menneet-nayttelyt/.

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Mkwesha, F., Huber, S. (2021). Rethinking Design: A Dialogue on Anti-Racism and Art Activism from a Decolonial Perspective. In: Keskinen, S., Stoltz, P., Mulinari, D. (eds) Feminisms in the Nordic Region. Gender and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53464-6_11

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