Comrades Against Extinction is an installation and musical procession develop by lawyer, academic, writer and activist Radha D’Souza and artist Jonas Staal, in collaboration with musicians Ánnámáret, Anni Elif, Ali Saad, and the Philomela Choir. The work consists of a large tower covered with paintings of animals that have been made extinct from the colonial period to the present, which was erected on the main Kansalaistori square, facing the national parliament.
During the inauguration of the tower, Ánnámáret, Elif, Saad and the Philomela Choir led a musical procession from the parliament to the square, carrying the images of the extinct, each termed “comrade” in a different – sometimes extinct – language. The score, based on a script written by D’Souza and Staal, contains the names of the extinct, as well as slogans that declare intergenerationality, interdependency and regeneration as the pillars of our shared human and non-human struggle against extinction.
Radha D'Souza and Jonas Staal
MUSIC AND COMPOSITION
Ánnámáret, Anni Elif, Ali Saad, and the Philomela Choir
Radha D'Souza and Jonas Staal (artists); Ánnámáret, Anni Elif, Ali Saad, Philomela Choir (musicians); Marko Ahtisaari, Lucia Pietroiusti, James Bridle (curators), Paul Kuipers (architect); Remco van Bladel (designer); Nadine Gouders (project coordinator Studio Jonas Staal); Suvi Ahoniemi, Esa Kandelberg (producers Helsinki Festival); Ville MJ Hyvönen, Petri Anttila, Jonas Staal (photography)
Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam