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School for disobedience set to open in Finland | The Week UK

A controversial Finnish artist is planning to launch a school for disobedience to teach people how to become social activists.

Jani Leinonen will be leading a series of lectures, workshops and art installations at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki urging people to challenge the status quo.

“The whole idea started from the fact that I was worried that maybe kids in schools are just too happy to take their place in society and fulfil the goals that are fed to them,” he told Finland’s national broadcaster YLE News.

“The idea is to teach them to be outspoken in their questioning of everything they see in the media, read and even what they’re taught in school,” he says.

Leinonen is well-known in Finland for his controversial blend of art and activism. In 2010, he was part of team of hooded activists who abducted and decapitated a Ronald McDonald statue from a fast food store in Helsinki as part of an art project aimed at questioning the company’s ethics.

The disobedience classes will be taught by a team of local activists including rapper Karri “Paleface” Miettinen, Left Alliance politician Li Andersson and Lutheran pastor Marjaana Toiviainen. The classes – many of which are already full – are aimed at school children and young people, but adults are welcome as well.

via School for disobedience set to open in Finland | The Week UK.

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