IT TAKES a lot of people and a lot of trust to make a set of events, and write co-created nonfiction zines together. I want to acknowledge those who shared their time and stories with DK and Atelier S P A C E in Finland June-August 2018. This wouldn’t have been possible without them. Many warm thanks for the great conversations to: Eveliina Karsikas, Kathelijne Adriaensen, Asta Sinerva, Sirpa Heikura, Simo-Sakari Niemelä, Fırat Taşdemir, Johan Engström, Maria Raasakka, Sanna Upola, Rastislav Somora, Seo Jin Ahn, Ana-Maria Ovadiuc, Charles Tirkey, Saarah Choudhury, Benjamin Nwaneampeh, Joanna Ohenoja, Paavo Heinonen, Reijo Valta, Eero Österberg, Esa Puolakka, and Merja Vedenjuoksu.

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S P A C E || Slow Moment

New photography by Dipika Kohli, in black and white. All from the Atelier S P A C E series in Finland, which was about slowing down to ‘see’, journal, note, and ‘be.’ The cover photo by Dipika Kohli was styled by artist Kathelijne Adriaensen. // DK 2018

DK’s creative director Dipika Kohli began her freelance career in 1998 with a gig for the then Raleigh newspaper, Spectator Magazine. The conversation with editor Stephen Wissink on that first popping in led to a yearlong photography assignment to capture restauranteurs’ best arrangements of plates of salad, desserts, light entrees, and fancy drinks. She went to almost every new restaurant that opened, because food writer Fred Benton’s column necessitated something visual. From there, Dipika continued to take photographs, but more and more about architectures and cities. The urban landscape was always her favorite. Two grants from the Japan Foundation had led, in the years prior, to essays of ‘Japanese Lines’ in film photography. Curating large collections of snippets of 3″x3″ prints, she exhibited these at the N. C. Japan Center and the N. C. Undergraduate Research Symposium. Not finding a way to merge her background in engineering easily with the lighter aesthetics and poetry she found more intriguing to pursue, she co-founded DK in 2006 in Seattle, but only after working as a staff editor for the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, where her editor had said, ‘Your photos are great.’ They still are. This is her first collection of photography since that series, 1996’s ‘Japanese Lines.’ It’s available for members of S P A C E, as a gift for those returning to the online S P A C E conversations, hosted here. (Special thanks: Kathelijne Adriaensen. You were so right about so many, many things. Thank you.)


S P A C E || Helsinki

Alexis Jokela and Dipika Kohli collaborated at Atelier S P A C E | Kärsämäki to make a set of zines, which we are releasing 1 October as a 30-page PDF. S P A C E || Helsinki’s lead story is ‘Julia Set,’ based on a real life conversation with a mathematician from the University of Helsinki that DK bumped into on the first full day in Finland. From there, the conversation spaces go to the northern climes, and the stories that follow include Jokela’s ‘Michaela,’ (in both Finnish and English), and the team’s ‘Letting Go of Dead Things.’ Packed with photographs taken especially for the zine, through a parallel project called ‘Slow Moment’ in collaboration with guests of DK’s online community, S P A C E, this zine is the first highly collaborative piece from DK. That’s because it gathers ideas and people from both online forum-spaces and gets us talking together, then brings feelings and conversations from real life spaces into the writing, too, and combines these in an interactive connective framework from which the selections that go into the final zine are picked.


S P A C E || Kärsämäki

Alexis Jokela‘s ‘Kesärakkausjuttu‘, or ‘A Summer Love Story,’ is a work of creative nonfiction. It’s translated into English for the zine S P A C E | Kärsämäki. Available in Finnish and English. (Get both PDFs in this bundle.)

The book was written at Atelier S P A C E || Kärsämäki from June-August, 2018. It tells the honest and raw, real stories collected from people who shared openly, after some time, about their feelings about relationships, love, romance, and disconnection. It was a privilege to be able to hear these, and DK’s team worked to put the conversations together into a narrative that might be an easy read, something of depth and substance, yet short. For those who might be interested in discovering what it’s like to be in Finland and wonder about love. Stories of summer, stories of endings, stories of love, stories of beginnings. All told directly in an honest sharing through Alexis’ unique perspective on a city north of his own, in Finland, exploring and curious. The lead story is ‘Katsotaanpas sitten,’ or, ‘Let’s see, then.’ Here’s how it starts:

‘THIS WAS HOW IT HAPPENED.. This was the way my summer love affair with the one I cannot name came into shape, at first only as a theory, and then, with the flesh, in the way things go when we are able to let them, without overthinking the future, and disregarding the past.’ — Alexis Jokela, Kesärakkausjuttu.

ALKU ON VAIKEIN osa kirjoittaa. Aloittaminen, alku. Tunne, ettei tiedä, mistä asiat alkavat. Jos vain, jos vain. Kyllä kyllä. Kesä. Näen nyt. Yritän saada tunteita järjestäytyneeksi. Ei ole helppoa. Minulla ei ole aavistustakaan, mitä teen. (Mutta … ei ole näin, miten se alkaa, olen tuntenut hänet alle kymmenen päivää, onko se näin, se on, miten tällainen asia alkaa.) Onko kesä rakkaustarina. Minä en tiedä. Katsotaan. — Alexis Jokela, Kesärakkausjuttu.

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DK x Cafe Onni

MAKE, TAKE and CAKE. ‘Hei Kesä’ poopup art installation x zinemaking atelier at Eveliina Karsikas’ Cafe Onni in Kärsämäki, 21 July 2018. If you’re ever driving on National Road 4 and passing through Kärsämäki, which you’ll have to do, stop by, say hi to her, and check out DK’s art piece that she asked us to make especially for the space. Be sure to give Eveliina a high-five from DK.
A popup installation on International Zine Day, 2018, in northern Finland.

DK x Kahvila Tuokio

DK x OULU ARTS NIGHT. ‘Hei Kesä’ poopup art installation x zinemaking atelier at Kahvila Toukio in Oulu with Oulu Arts Night, 16 August 2018. This was a great collaboration that wouldn’t have been possible without the effort and trust that people gave DK to make it happen. Big thanks to: Paavo Heinonen for including DK in the programme and inviting us to some great literary and music events in Oulu; to Anu Lakkapää of Kahvila Tuokio for sharing the venue with us, and to Jānis Žguts for co-hosting Atelier S P A C E || Oulu with DK.



DK x A&LS Finland

IMPROVISING. DK and friend at Arts & Letters Society Finland put together an impromptu zine show. DK’s Dipika Kohli was part in the Air FROSTERUS artist residency from June-August, 2018. During that time, this was the first and last popup installation, with teas and zines, that happened over an afternoon of music in the world-famous architectural icon, Paanukirkko, or ‘Shingle Church.’ Special thanks to Iiris for inviting Dipika to Air FROSTERUS in Kärsämäki.
Print zines in limited editions of 1, 3, and 5 // DK 2018



A B O U T  A T E L I E R  S P A C E

Discover the collection, S P A C E, at More about Atelier S P A C E is here. Next stops are under our ‘upcomings.’

More about DK and our work to make Z I N E S, so as to connect and interconnect new and different others, is here.

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2 thoughts on “Finland

  1. What a really pretty set of pictures and creations!
    It inspires some kind of nordic peace, just looking at it.
    Congratulations for the great work!

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