Fist Press: An Intimate Friend (2013), video stills, animated performative lecture, 21’00, stereo sound by Drew Barnet, digital projection, live narration. Fist Press was created for Material Uncertainties, a night of performance and videos organized by La Centrale and Studio XX.

Fistpress : An Intimate Friend is a bittersweet coming of age tale, a folk history, a memory of migration and a documentary of the early Finnish presence in Northern Ontario. Both personal and archival, this presentation recounts tales of migrant labour, radicalism, diasporic matchmaking and funeral processions. Fist Press (Nyrkki Lehti) is the name of Finnish handwritten newsletters in North America that were said to serve as “guides, interpreters, teachers and intimate friends”

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