Exhibition / Numsang Joh

Forest Film School at Numsang Joh in Khantyland, 2018


16.05.-31.05. 2023 - Kuhmo, Finland Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture

9.01.-13.02. 2023 - Lima, Peru Mano a Mano / for more info contact us!

25.11.2022 - 04.01.2023 Tartu Ülikooli raamatukogu 3. korrus / avamine kell 18.00

14.10.2022 - 14.11. 2023 Tartu Ülikooli Narva Kolledz kell.17.00

16.09.2022 Rakvere Kamalammas festival Rohuaia lasteaed
Opening at 17.00

8.08-08.09 Kazym, Russia

18.00 21.04.2022 - 31.08.2022 Liszt Instituut - Ungari Kultuuri Keskus Tallinn

Piiskopi 2, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia

19.00 25.03.2022 Fonó Budai Zeneház 1116 Budapest,
Sztregova utca 3.
- the exhibition is up until 9th of April

15.00 05.03.2022 Zirc, Reguly Antal Múzeum és
és Népi Kézműves Alkotóház Hungary
- the exhibition is up until 19th of March

23.10.-05.12.2021 Vana-Võromaa Kultuurikoda / Võru, Estonia 
640 visitors

06.12.2021-15.02.2022 Abja Cultural Center / Estonia
250 visitors 

“Our indigenous friends” is an interactive travelling exhibition which includes films, photos and sound installations based on our three year work with indigenous people in Siberia, Khanty-Mansi area in Numsang Joh camp.

Team of Estonian and Finnish artists and film professionals work each year with 35-60 kids in the Forest Film School, requiring them to use their mother tongue for filmmaking. Most of the time it is their first interaction with a camera, their own language as an artistic tool.

As an outcome you are welcome to see the first Khanty language short films, video art pieces and sound installations. You get to know their faces and stories. They become your friends.

They are the last ones to try to keep their culture and nature alive in an extremely wild environment.

We would like to draw attention to the language extinction!

Around 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide. 200 most spoken languages are used by 89% of the world's population. There are not many languages left with only a million speakers. 530 languages are spoken only by the elderly, and another 650 languages are known to not be spoken by any child. About four to five languages a year have disappeared in recent years. That leads to the prediction of an explosive increase in language extinction in the next few decades.

If you are interested in contributing to our exhibition, please contact us!
We would be happy to collaborate and send our exhibition to as many places as possible!

Curator - Edina Csüllög - sara.kisari@gmail.com +37258877144


Designer - Evelin Urm

Sound design  - Vootele Ruusmaa

Photos & Texts - Anti Naulainen, Liis Nimik, Outi Rossi, Tõnu Kilusk, Edina Csüllög, Martin Männik, Laura Kõiv

Dresses/ scarf - Eleriin Seim

Social Media - Berta Kisand

Pr - Piret Räni / Edina Csüllög

Editor - Hedda Maurer

Films - Numsang Joh Youth

Translations - Film Tower


in Estonian

in English

in Hungarian



in Russian


in Finnish

Sound installation in Estonian

Sound installation in English

Sound installation in Hungarian 





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