Mar 30 – Sep 11. manifesto art + thematic walk
This year is an election year in Sweden. On the occasion of this, we want to create and share a series of artistic manifestos that are based on individual artistic practices rather than on slogans; manifestos that retain the intimacy, complexity and the questioning that is at the core of all artistic practice.
As a recurring ritual every other Wednesday starting on March 30 and until the election day, we invite you to join us for a communal walk and a conversation where we share an artistic manifesto created by one of 13 artists from different fields. The theme for each walk is given by the artist whose manifesto we carry with us.
The walks start from Weld, Norrtullsgatan 7 at 18.00 end at Norra Bantorget and will last about 1 hour. Everyone is welcome to participate. The themes for each walk are given before the event starts. Book at: book.weld.se
The walks and the posting of the manifestos will take place every other week from 30/3 until 31/8, as well as on the election day 11/9.
Participating artists: Frida Orupabo, Beth Laurin, Lisa Grip, Igor Grubić Yolanda Aurora Bohm Ramirez, Balsam Karam, Lisa Grip, Hanna Rajs Lara, Nino Mick, Malin Arnell, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Manuel Pelmuş, Raša Todosijević, Gry Tingskog.
The walks will start from Weld on Norrtullsgatan and end at Norra Bantorget where the manifesto will be posted.
In a political climate where the purpose and value of art is habitually questioned and its relevance to society is all too easily ignored, we want to carve out a temporary space and a singular event where art speaks on its own terms and where, for a short time at least, it is the laws of art that matter.
This project is initiated by Weld and is a contribution to Kvadrennalen, a larger movement for art that has been created for all artists and art institutions to come together and take up space until the upcoming election in September 2022.
FRIDA ORUPABO (NO)
Frida Orupabo is a sociologist and artist living in Oslo. Her work consists of digital and physical collage, that examines issues around race, family, relationships, gender, sexuality, violence and identity. Orupabo combines material from older archives with material from various contemporary platforms and recreates these this into new figures – often fragile, fragmented bodies and faces whose gaze is directed straight at the viewer. Orupabo’s art asks what visibility means and addresses the necessity of being seen as a political subject.
BETH LAURIN (SE)
Since the 1960s Beth Laurin has created art in the form of sculpture, objects, performance, drawing, sound works, text, video and photography. She lives and works in Stockholm. Her work often consists of found objects, texts, personal belongings and newspaper clippings, and she is interested in how objects can move between the personal and the public. Her work has been created in relation to different political currents, such as early feminism, but with a unique approach where she tests different formats, often with humor, in a systematic examination of the possibilities of art. In 2017, she received the Stockholm City Honorary Award for her achievements.
YOLANDA AURORA BOHM RAMIREZ (SE)
Yolanda Bohm is a spoken-word artist, lecturer, trans-activist and poet. Bohm’s work was published in the poetry anthology ”No smoke without fire”, and her first collection of poems “Icon” was published in 2018. Bohm draws attention to stories that have not previously been given space in the literature, and is praised for her strong and experimental sense of language. Through her art, Bohm wants to achieve a shift in what is perceived as universal literature and universality in society, so that what is considered extraordinary and niche can become part of the collective experience.
BALSAM KARAM (SE)
Balsam Karam is a writer and librarian who made her debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed novel “The Event Horizon”. In 2021, her second book “The Singularity” was published, a book that describes the process of mourning in three parts, with shifts in geographical location, time and narrator, addressing themes such as loss, trauma, war and care-work. Her work is described as a form of poetic novel that is both original, breath-taking and acutely sensitive to form. Karam is Kurdish with roots in Iran and Iraq, and has been living since her childhood in the Stockholm area.
IGOR GRUBIĆ (HR)
Igor Grubić has, since the early 1990s been creating film, video and site-specific interventions that examine both historical and contemporary political situations. Grubić’s critical and socio-politically committed work is characterized by his long-term commitment and focus. From the in-depth exploration of the fate of historical monuments and the downfall of industry, to the examination of the situation of minority groups, his projects develop over several years of research and personal relationships. Grubić’s work in photography and film is based on a documentary tradition, but is characterized by an affective, poetic and empathetic approach. Grubić represented Croatia at the Venice Biennale in 2019.
LISA GRIP (SE)
Lisa Grip’s work revolves around intimacy, coercion and detachment in human relationships. Through photography and the moving image, she explores complex and intricate scenarios that oscillate between the oblique and the voyeuristic. In the situations she creates, people who are close to her can be seen disintegrating into each other or being pushed apart. Her work embraces the symbiosis of all humans; the oscillation between the threatening and the mesmerising in all our relationships.
HANNA RAJS LARA (SE)
Hanna Rajs Lara is a poet who made her debut in the spring of 2018 with the poetry-collection ”Armarna”. The book attracted attention for its original take on themes such as love, heritage, family and anti-Semitism. In 2019, ”Armarna” was nominated for Borås Tidning’s debut award. In 2019, “Baby” was published by Anti publishers and in 2020 “Under the moon” by Albert Bonnier’s publishers. ”Under the Moon” revolves around the inherited trauma after Holocaust. In 2022, her first novel ”There you were, bigger than the letters that form your name – the Cristina book” will be published.
NINO MICK (SE)
Nino Mick is a poet and activist, whose work is interdisciplinary with a strong queer political message. Mick’s collection of poems “Tjugofemtusen kilometer nervtrådar” was published in 2018. In clear, concrete and direct words Mick manages to capture and describe the feeling of living in a body that at once is and is not one’s own. Mick has previously toured Sweden’s churches with the performance Nino’s Ark, and often appears as a singer / songwriter, ”obscene” poet and scientist under the pseudonym Plutonium Girl. In 2013, Mick became Swedish champion in poetry slam. In 2015, Mick was awarded the Church of Sweden’s culture prize and in 2018 the Västra Götand region’s Culture Scholarship. Nino Mick lives and works in Gothenburg.
MALIN ARNELL (SE)
Malin Arnell is an interdisciplinary artist / researcher whose work can be seen in relation to a public or social context. With a background in feminist and queer feminist activism, she works mainly in collective and collaborative forms. She works with many different types of expression, often mapping and creating guides based on the investigation of different territories and socio-political structures, making alternative ecologies and experimental social events. She received her doctorate in choreography in 2016 from Stockholm University of the Arts with a 72-hour performance: Dissertation / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action).
AFRANG NORDLÖF MALEKIAN (SE)
Afrang Nordlöf Malekian is a visual artist who lives and works in Stockholm. He is interested in how and when different stories are told and mourned, and how ideals and dominant narratives change through history and in different cultural contexts. In his art, he is often in contact with physical and digital archives. In ”The Memory’s State of Exception” he tried to understand how money has been produced throughout history and how illustrations on banknotes have been used to emphasize a national modernist narrative. In 2021-24 he is an artist in residence at Grafikens Hus and in 2022 he has residence in The Bergman Estate, Fårö.
MANUEL PELMUŞ (RO / NO)
Manuel Pelmuş is a choreographer and artist who lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. Pelmuş often uses performance in the context of exhibitions, and explores the body’s relationship to memory and the construction of history. His project Permanent Collection is an ongoing live-action intervention, constructed around the idea of a permanent collection, where art historical references, cultural artefacts, contexts, events, texts and gestures are transformed and conveyed with the body as a medium. In 2013, he represented Romania at the Venice Biennale, in a collaborative project with Alexandra Pirici. He is currently a research fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo.
GRY TINGSKOG (SE)
Gry Tingskog works with choreography together with dance, sculpture, technology and text. Her work brings together different forms of performance and visual art. Tingskog’s practice oscillates between creating performances in a collaborative way, and developing new formats for collaborations in which to share, perform, teach and write. In 2017, Gry was one of the initiators of INSISTER SPACE, an artist-driven organization that imagines choreographic methods for rethinking and reorganizing artistic work in practice. Tingskog has just completed MA studies in choreography and performance in Giessen and and lives and works in Sweden and Germany.
RASA TODOSIJEVIC (RS)
Raša Todosijević is an artist living and working in Belgrade, Serbia. In the 1970s, he began his career among a small but now well-known group of artists who gathered at the Student Cultural Center in Belgrade, introducing conceptual art and new media to the then Yugoslav art scene. His most famous works ”What is Art?” and ”God Loves Serbs” made him internationally known as an artist, and his works have been widely exhibited both in Serbia and internationally and are included in the collections of several museums. His work is characterised by an uncompromising critical-political stance. Todosijević’ represented Serbia at the 2011 Venice Biennale.