Happy but tired curator

Last weekend SKY made an excursion to the exotic Stockholm. Sverige-Finland fonden was kind enough to provide travels and accommodation for the trip. The happy traveler’s group consisted of the SKY board: Anna Jensen, Maija Kasvinen, Christine Langinauer, Sanna Sarva and Annu Wilenius.

Four days in hardly enough in a city filled with interesting art, but here is a photographic summary about some of the things we attended in out trip.

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Anna at IASPIS office.

We started at IASPIS (Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists), where we got to meet the director Johan Pousette and Lena Malm. The artists-in-residence also have their studios on this hallway so the visit took longer than expected as we catched some of the artist and had a chat in their studios.

On the first day we also attended opening at Tensta Konsthall. Tensta, known for its extensive program, gave its best in terms of art: Viet Nam Diskurs Stockholm is a project by Marion von Osten and Peter Spillman, dealing with how the actions in Vietnam influenced the rise of radical political art in the 60’s and 70’s. There was also pieces by Ingela Ihrman, such as Jättebjörnlokan (more on these later on). What really made me happy was to see how the locals interacted with the konsthall – there was a lot of people passing by, good music, barbeque and general good mood in addition to art. When will we see this in an art institution in Finland?


Ingela Ihrman: Jättebjörnlokan


Opening/barbecue/party at Tensta Konsthall.


The night continued to Moderna Museet, where we celebrated the opening of Yayoi Kusama. The woman is truly everywhere!

Friday was booked with meetings. We started with Färgfabriken and Joachim Granit. Joachim told us about the history and program of Färgfabriken and the good discussion went on so that we almost missed the next meeting. Nonetheless, we managed to run through an exhibition by Bouchra Khalili ”The opposite of Voice-over”.


Joachim Granit, chokladbollar and the studious curators at Färgfabriken.

Next up was Magasin III. Magasin III seems like one of the most hyped art institutions in the north. The name of the place can hardly be mentioned without admiring sighs ”amazing”, ”interesting program”. Unfortunately, we just missed the previous exhibition but curator Tessa Praun was kind enough to meet us for a discussion. Besides to the interesting program, we learned that Magasin III is truly in a good position with stable funding and free hands in terms of program. Tessa seems to have a dream job.


Tessa Praun at Magasin III.

Friday was busy and from Magasin III we moved on to Index. Index (The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation) had an opening with the works of Flaka Haliti, Hanne Lippard, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. We were lucky to catch a performance with Hanne Lippard – a hilarious survey on the current lifestyle; communications, self-indulgelment and egoistic analysis.

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Me at Index opening. Taking selfies in opening pretty much sums up the topics of the exhibition: communications, self-branding and displaying connections.

On Saturday we had to choose among a discussion in Tensta, Marabouparken or Konsthall C. We decided to go for Marabouparken as the topic ”Is it still important to rebel?” from a feminist perspective gave promises on heated discussion. And as all good discussions (in Sweden…) it ended with a sing-along led by the artist Gittan Jönsson.

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Gittan Jönsson leading sing-along ending the event at Marabouparken.

Last day was reserved for strolling around in the galleries but to our great surprise nearly everything was closed. Maybe it was because of the summertime. In the end, we managed to see some art as we went to the final exhibition by Royal Institute of Art (KKH) ”Collect Yourself”. Judging by this exhibition the future of Swedish art does look bright.

More detailed texts about the exhibitions and institutions we visited will be available here at SKY blog soon.

Maija Kasvinen


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