AHMED AL-NAWAS ° Parallel economies of thinking together

Since 2013 Ahmed Al-Nawas has been involved in serval collective paraxis in which the main driving force was the necessity to rethink the elitism and whiteness nurtured by the Finnish art field and the need to be independent but still engaged and the need to have spaces where failure is embraced as a counter normative actions. Often this led to the creation of what Okwui Enwezor calls ”parallel economies of artistic productions”, as opposed to “alternative spaces”. In such productions, collective knowledge-based practices are used as a strategy to both challenge and unify the field of art. 

Biography

Ahmed Al-Nawas is an art worker based in Helsinki. His praxis has focused on collaborative knowledge production and content building. His recent collaborative project Fake Star with artist Minna Henriksson was exhibited in 2020 at Turku Art Museum. He curated Checkpoint Helsinki’s public program series Remembering Silences in 2015–2016 and has been a co-founder of two art spaces in Helsinki: Thirds Space and Museum of Impossible Forms.