2019, Kollektiivinen videoteos, 30 min. 53 sek.

Miracle Workers Collective’s film work The Killing of Čáhcerávga is a collision of five different short films that, together, tell a disjointed, communal narrative. Employing a call-and-response strategy, the film expresses a politicised dialogue around indigeneity, movement and migration in contemporary Europe.

Photo: Ugo Carmeni

Travelling through dreamscapes, lonely snowy plains, absurdist capitalist underwaters, greenhouse gardens and desert landscapes, the film stretches into a practice of impossible spatial rules, strange dialogue practices, and inconclusive, unresolved scenic endings.

The Miracle Workers Collective (MWC) presented their inaugural project, A Greater Miracle of Perception, for the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The film was in dialogue with the site-specific sculptural installation Ovdavázzit – Forewalkers (2019) by Outi Pieski. The installation embodied the common struggle of the Sámi people against border fences.

The film is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland for the Venice Biennale 2019.

Script and directing: Maryan Abdulkarim, Khadar Ahmed, Hassan Blasim, Sonya Lindfors, Leena Pukki, Martta Tuomaala, Christopher L. Thomas ja Suvi West

Performers: Aile Kirste Lokki, Pirita Näkkäläjärvi, Noora Dadu, Simon Al Bazoon ja Esete Sutinen

Curators: Giovanna Esposito Yussif and Christopher Wessels

Producing: Danai Anagnostou

Cinematography: Christopher L. Thomas

Editing: Miracle Workers Collective

Sound design: Ilkka Kunttu

Music: Hanssa Ristena Kerttu/ Kerttu Vuolab ja Johannes Valkonen

Color: Sarrah Wilkman

Funding: Avek/ Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo, Helsinki City/ Helsinki Biennale 2020, Visit Finland, Finland Ministry of Education and Culture, Saastamoinen Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Finnish Embassy, Rome

Miracle Workers Collective: Maryan Abdulkarim, Khadar Ahmed, Hassan Blasim, Sonya Lindfors, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Outi Pieski, Leena Pukki, Christopher Thomas, Lorenzo Sandoval, Martta Tuomaala, Christopher Wessels, Suvi West ja Giovanna Esposito Yussif