On Feb 22, 2018 Monica Gathuo and Uwa Iduozee gave an inspiring lecture about Ruskeat Tytöt (”Brown Girls”) for Art Education students. Ruskeat Tytöt is the first ever media for brown people by brown people in the history of Finland. Ruskeat Tytöt consulted Art Education students in matters concerning media representations, social media, minorities and journalism.
About Ruskeat Tytöt:
Ruskeat tytöt is a multi-medium: they produce content in writing, photography, illustrations, video and podcasts. Staff is located around the globe, with the objective to report and analyze what it means to be Finnish and of color in the 21st century.
Ruskeat Tytöt is institutionally nonaligned, and politically and religiously independent. However, the content is based on the theory of intersectional feminism. Ruskeat Tytöt recognizes that various factors (eg. race, gender, ability, health and class) intersect in people’s lives, affecting our chances of being heard and seen. Ruskeat Tytöt does its best to take into account the power structures and norms behind these intersections in the articles it runs. They also want to increase and widen the historically narrow representations of brown people in Finnish media, normalize narratives about people of color and function as a platform for brown journalists to realize their own projects and ambitions.