In issue #3–4 of Kontur, sixteen writers from three continents, writing in three languages, approach decline from their personal points of view. The result is a mix of essays, autobiography, fiction and poetry. The texts point towards the ways people are turning decline into resistance, possibilities for renewal, nuancing, or forgiving. The writers talk of gender, community, organization, mental health, body, history and the family. The personal stories of the issue try to do justice to the complexity, strength, awkwardness, guilt and delicious humor often found in difficult places. Kontur is a laboratory for examining the potential in writing and living together. We explore established notions from new angles. We keep reimagining the editorial process and the printed object. Kontur is in a state of flux. In making it, it also shapes us, the people creating it. Kontur is based in Helsinki.
Kontur 3-4/2018 is a collaboration between: Otso Harju, Mattias Lehtinen, Rosie Carter, anonymous writer, Natha Wahlang, Shalini Mahadev, Elisabeth Wide, Henri Pienimaa, Katarina Rytkönen, Mirjam Yeboah, Helen Korpak, Flis Holland, Karim Zakhour, Vilhelmina Öhman, Inkeri Rönnberg, Kaneli Johansson, Veera Nuutinen, Hilla Kurki and Samuli Saarinen.