“Dressing Swedish” is a traveling exhibition visiting House of Sweden in March on its journey through Scandinavian museums in the U.S. Curated by Dr. Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius and Dr. Lizette Gradén, and supported by Multicultural Society, Tumba in Sweden.
“Behind Platitudes and Strawberries” by Ulrika Gunnarsdotter
Folk costumes and cultural heritage have become
increasingly politicized. This was evident in the official opening of the Swedish Parliament in 2010, when the leader of the Sweden Democrats party, Jimmie Åkesson, wore a folk costume from Blekinge while his girlfriend, Louise Erixon, wore the Swedish national dress. The Sweden Democrats are a new party in Sweden with an controversial political
platform. Sweden has had one of the most liberal immigration and refugee policies in the world, which has resulted in a significant immigrant population. Anti-immigrant sentiments have been on the rise throughout Europe and such tendencies have also been discovered in Sweden. Sweden Democrats were elected to Parliament with a tiny percentage of the vote on the basis of a clearly defined and strongly anti-immigrant agenda. The appropriation of the concept of “Swedishness” through the use of traditional folk dress created a maelstrom in the court of public opinion. Artist Ulrika Gunnarsdotter comments on this event and its political implications by renting and photographing herself and her partner in the very same costumes.
Meeting with artists and curators.
Fashionplay’s intention with Fashionshop is to make “fashion art” accessible to the general public and to pose the question: what is saleable fashion with regard to function and materiality? What happens when art objects are placed within the context of saleability? Is it easier for viewers to be receptive to such objects when they are presented in the way in which we are used to encountering fashion? And, if they do gain more purchase appeal, do they then lose their artistic identity?
Arkitekturmuseet (The Swedish Museum of Architecture)
7 – 26 Febuary 2012
– Exhibition prolonged until 4 March
Repslagaregatan 3, Motala
18 July – 25 August 2012
September 10 – October 16 2011
…pizza, Brooklyn, Irish songs, chilean roots and Swedish strawberries…
Don’t miss out on an exciting exhibition about Stockholm and the world that we all share.
Artists: Katja Aglert, Helena Byström, Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Kalle Hamm, Phil Hession, Sasha Huber, Dzamil Kamanger, Jaana Kokko, Birger Lipinski, Isabel Löfgren, Pangea design, Laercio Redondo, Petri Saarikko, Elisabeth Subrin and Paula Urbano.
Curators: Finbar Krook Rosato, Joanna Sandell and Paola Zamora.
NOW ACTIVATED: TWO NEW ARTIST’S BOOKS FROM LABYRINT PRESS
Saturday, November 27
Botkyrka konsthall celebrates Labyrint Press latest releases of both performance and sound works by artists Ulrika Gunnarsdotter and Marja-leena Sillanpää.
Come and take part in the premiere of two new site-specific works which are the seeds of a continuing artistic work.
In nine votes, the sound design of Marja-leena Sillanpää artist’s book nine milestones, read different lines from the text by different female voices. A special edition of the text are available at a promotional price during the event.
Ulrika Gunnarsdotter’s artist’s book ” It Is Swedish Perfect ” was published by Labyrint Press, 2009 and depicts the efforts to create new, individual costumes for Swedes with roots in the former Yugoslavia. The New Folk Costume is a performance featured by the actor Franciska Löfgren.
“It is Swedish Perfect”, Labyrint Press at Show & Sell. Konst & Teknik has invited fellow Swedish designers and publishers to contribute ‘left over’ books and publications, to a one day temporary book store in Stockholm, titled Show & Sell.
When: Saturday August 28, 2010, 12:00–20:00
Where: Rutger Fuchsgatan 9, 11667 Stockholm, Sweden
Collective reading of ” It Is Swedish Perfect” at The Swedish Embassy in London, 17 June 2010. Curated by Niklas Laustiola.
For the third and last term of my first year on the MFA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths College, London. We were given the task of using the concept of curation; used in the broadest of terms, to produce a creative ”exhibit” or presentation of our own or someone else´s work. I decided to work with the theme, that I liked to call, ”Lost in Translation”, about the quite general, but always relevant notion of the clash/meeting of different cultures. In relation to this theme I immidiately thought of Ulrika Gunnarsdotter’s piece from 2009 ”It is Swedish perfect”, a 24-day art project, where she and Serbian designer Magdalena Klasnja collaborated to make new folk costumes for three former Yugoslavians now living in Sweden. ”It is Swedish perfect” consists of a book with correspondence, notes, interviews and photographs and deals with the reality of collaboration, the trials and tribulations of creative process most importantly it deals with the question of identity, mainly in regards to national/cultural identity. For my curated presentation seminar I therefore thought that it would be fun for my group to make a journey onto Swedish soil i.e. The Swedish Embassy in London. Where we would have a collective reading, in silence, of Ulrika´s book. We would simply ”travel” to Sweden , ”view” a piecee of art by a Swedish artist and then return. It would be a shared action but everyone around the table would naturally have a completely different experience. An important aspect of the curation was also to have a Swedish ”fika” with kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) afterwards.
Niklas Laustiola, London, 22 June 2010.
Writings and Observations, 7 Nov- 13 March 2010, >Botkyrka Konsthall
Participating in Writings and Observations an exhibition focuses on writing as a way to influence history and how we view the world. Unusual variety of artist’s books is presented, but also text and audio art works which relate to writing.
Exhibition produced by Fashionplay at Stationshuset, Norra Bantorget in Stockholm.
29th – 30th of August 2009. >Fashionplay
Fashionwalk Stockholm presents a new generation of fashioncreators who work in the borderlands between fashion and art. The aim of the exhibition and the walk is to bring to attention those designers and artists who don’t work with traditional collections but who rather focus on the artistic process. All this in shape of an installation, avant garde-clothing, sculpture, video, and experiments in form.
Book launch for “It is Swedish Perfect” by Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Labyrint Press. Time: Saturday, August 29:th, 2009. 3:00pm Place: “Kyrkan”, Idungatan 4B, Stockholm. Drink: Ward Wines. Music: The New Age. DJ: Anders Svensson. Guest: Magdalena Klasnja. Host: Friendly Matters