Behind the Blackboard is a community based project comprising ”transition workshops” held in elementary and secondary schools with 11-16 year old youths in different countries.The workshops aims to provide the youths creative space and means to envision their own immediate environments desirable and to transform that vision into reality.
In the workshops the participating youths study and analyze problems inside their communities, develop solutions for the problems and implement the solutions into practice. Each of the workshop processes are recorded and edited to individual video documentaries. These documentaries from various schools in different countries portray the ways youths from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds produce change in their everyday environments at elementary school juxtaposing difficulties and problem solving methods in different cultural settings.
This far the project has been implemented in Helsinki City Kaisaniemi- and Keinutie Primary Schools in Helsinki, Finland 2015; Ambition Ideal School & College in Chittagong, Bangladesh 2016; Shree Rajeshwori Higher Secondary School in Sipapokhare, Sindhupalchowk and Dibya Joyti English Medium School in Bungmati, Lalitpur, Nepal 2017.
JP Kaljonen, Lauri Ståhlberg (Helsinki productions); JP Kaljonen, Abu Naser Robii (Chittagong production); JP Kaljonen, Abu Naser Robii, Rabin Maharjan, Muna Bhadel (Sipapokhare and Bungamati productions) Community based art project / 3 x 1-channel video installations (30 min), Finland, Bangladesh, Nepal 2015-.