Refugee Air is an Artist in Residency Programme organized in Kyläsaari Asylum Seeker´s Reception Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Kyläsaari Reception Centre houses around 200-300 asylum seekers. It´s mission is to provide basic services for the duration of the asylum procedure. The institutional atmosphere of the centre is inhibitive and many residents do not leave the centre except for grocery shopping.
Refugee Air project brought together socially engaged artists to carry out projects with the residents of the reception centre. The aim of the project was to provide asylum seekers opportunities to use creativity in processing their experiences, to meet new people, and to transmit their houghts to wider audiences in Finland.Ten artists and one philosopher participated the project, each hosting one individual project or workshop in the Reception Centre.
JP Kaljonen (concept, coordinating, curating), artists: Johanna Raekallio, Sanna Sarva, Association of Experimental Electronics, Maria Kausalainen, Ida Koitila, Suvi Nurmi, Ilmari Helin, Kyläsaari Asylum Seeker´s Reception Centre / Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Theatre URB 10-Festival, Stoa Gallery, Finland 2010.