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Mäkiranta, M., & Ylitapio-Mäntylä, O. (2022). A critical retrospective on whiteness in Possible Worlds video artwork. In S. Miettinen, E. Mikkonen, M. C. Loschiavo dos Santos, & M. Sarantou, Artistic Cartography and Design Explorations Towards the Pluriverse (1st ed., pp. 55–63). Routledge.

A critical retrospective on whiteness in Possible Worlds video artwork

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Author: Mäkiranta, Mari1,2; Ylitapio-Mäntylä, Outi3
Organizations: 1University of Jyväskylä
2University of Lapland
3Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-01-16


The chapter examines the communally and interculturally constructed video work Possible Worlds in terms of its arts-policy meanings related on whiteness, living environments and youth. The video art work consists of seven episodes relating to the living environments of young women residing in different parts of Europe. The aim is to consider what kinds of meanings these young women produce related on the places they inhabit, and how the critical perspective on whiteness could challenge the ways how the knowledge of the place has been produced in the video artwork. The foundation of the chapter is arts-based research, where the artist-researcher is a participant in constructing the content of the art in collaboration with the human subjects of the study, and in which the production of the art intrinsically relates to both the research methodology and the presentation of results. The chapter draws on experiences of inhabiting a white world as a white, and explores how taking whiteness under a critical retrospective might produce new ways of understandings of living conditions produced in the video art.

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ISBN: 978-1-00-328517-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-032-24516-4 978-1-032-25823-2
Pages: 55 - 63
DOI: 10.4324/9781003285175-6
Host publication: Artistic cartography and design explorations towards the pluriverse
Host publication editor: Miettinen, Satu
Mikkonen, Enni
Loschiavo dos Santos, Maria Cecilia
Sarantou, Melanie
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
6132 Visual arts and design
Copyright information: © 2023 selection and editorial matter, Satu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, and Melanie Sarantou; individual chapters, the contributors. The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.