Refugee Air is an Artist in Residency Programme organised in Kyläsaari Asylum Seeker´s Reception Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Kyläsaari Reception Centre accommodated around 200-300 people daily. The institutional atmosphere of the centre were inhibitive and many residents didn’t move out from the centre actively. The centre was closed down in 2012.Refugee Air brought together socially motivated and socially engaged artists to carry out projects with the residents of the reception centre. The projects of the artists provided the residents of the centre opportunities to make art, to meet new people, and to transmit their thoughts to wider audiences in Finland. Ten artists and one philosopher took part in the programme, each hosting one individual project or workshops in the Reception Centre.
JP Kaljonen (concept, organiser), artists: Johanna Raekallio, Sanna Sarva, Association of Experimental Electronics, Maria Kausalainen, Ida Koitila, Suvi Nurmi, Ilmari Helin, communities: residents of Kyläsaari Asylum Seekers´ Reception Centre (2010-2011), Refugee Air, Socially engaged project, Kyläsaari Asylum Seekers´ Reception Centre / Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Theatre URB 10-Festival, Stoa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland 2010.