CONFLICTING SPACES - AN EXCHANGE ART PROJECT & EXHIBITION - HOWRAH-MALMÖ Rather than a public art project this exchange is about making a visual narrative between two different omnipotent spaces both the space in one hand carrying a potential living historical memory, on the other hand also has the hidden possibilities of the incompatible contradiction.In this art project we invited artists from India and Sweden and invited artist will develop their individual or collaborative work through the process of collaborating with two curators.Rather than production or final execution this collaboration starts with a dialogue between both curators which is more about idea of space ,intimacy,bonding,struggle,body,labor and contradiction of nature and culture. This is the nature of the project where both curators have to be very sensitive about choosing the exhibiting space where they are trying to evolve the possibility of conflict between visible and invisible line.Curators are deeply involved in the respective area and environment of the exhibition sites to understand more the dynamics and politics of the site. During this project we are trying to concentrate two complete different cities practice of seen-unseen labor and the process of its viewing.Howrah and Malmo are each a city which has its own visual parlance but there is strong understanding of human labor,city’s new lifestyle, developing society and its hidden crisis. Here one city had a long history of labor industry, people’s movement, naxalite history and of course current politica scenario where the city is more free with open economy,migrated labor,new political friction and new understanding of neo-social spaces. Howrah is based on a side of a river bank opposite Kolkata formal british capital.History of this city is also reflected from its architecture and living history which is also a crucial element. Malmö on the other hand is a relatively small city with labor-industrial history.It had the large shipyard industry Kockums until it moved the production from Malmö in 1998, and a number of textile factories that closed down in the 1950s and 60s.Some other large industries in Malmö were ADDO that produced office equipment, Ljungmans that produced petrol pumps and Cementa that are still producing cement.Malmö has recently turned into a knowledge city since the University was based in the city. Malmö has the largest population in Sweden of Middle East origin, who mainly establish themselves in small companies like food stores, tailoring,barbers but also as dentists, doctors,lawyers etc.
Apocalypse Now Open Air Artist Workshop on Pakri Peninsula August 2017 Pakri Nature Protection Area, Paldiski, Estonia. Before Estonian independence time, Pakri Peninsula was used as a Soviet military zone. It was a closed area for ordinary citizens and a Red Army base was located in Paldiski town with a port for the military ships . After Soviet time collapse, the nature protection was created.Sadly the ground was polluted by the Soviet military. Great efforts are made by Estonian government to clean up the ground from oil and chemicals. We will organise an open-air artist workshop on Pakri Peninsula that gives opportunity for artists and also visitors to acknowledge or remind of recent past history of this site with both context in the form of memory as well as politics of state where nature is used to hide and secure the violence. We will invite public for discussions and artist talks while working on the artworks in the open air workshop to outreach the real intention. Meteor have been following and observed the changes of the European Union and Nordic countries nature and understanding of land politics and migration and refugee policies. Sweden has during the last year become a very closed nation due to the very restricted immigrant policy and strictly closed borders with every id card photographed by border guards, and we now feel a very great need to open connections to the rest of the world as artists. We think about the state of the world at the moment. The wars going on, the refugees everywhere. The military zones are still there and present politics seems to manifest how Cold war as it was not so long ago has still much importance.
Ett Spadtag Djupt/One Spit Down a research and art project on the history and life stories of women in Sofielund in Malmö. Interviews,interactive art work and exhibitions during 2017-2018.Collaboration with Malmö City Archive and Malmö Museum Ett Spadtag Djupt Ett forsknings och konstprojekt om kvinnors historia och livshistorier i Sofielund i Malmö. Intervjuer och interaktiva konstverk tillsammans med kvinnor som bor i Sofielund. Utställningar under 2017-2018.I samarbete med bl.a Malmö Stadsarkiv och Malmö Museum