Konstmuseet i Skövde
Address: Trädgårdsgatan 9, Skövde
Opening hours: Tuesday–Wednesday, 12–6pm, Thursday, 12–7pm, Friday–Sunday, 12–4pm
Bayeza namaYeza/De kommer med medicin
7 September–17 November
The works of South African Lhola Amira revolve around questions on colonialism and its effects on today’s post-colonial world. Her sculptural installations and video works highlight how colonialism ideas are present in everything from what and how we tell our own history, to global economy, to bias and racist mindsets. Another prominent theme in Lhola Amira’s art is the healing traditions and the ever-present spiritual world in which past and present are fully intertwined of the Zulu people. In 2017 Lhola Amira was in Skövde for two months, thanks to the Art Museum’s International Residency Programme (AiRS). During this time, Lhola Amira researched the rather large involvement of Sweden, be it directly or indirectly, in the slave trade, and the unwillingness Swedes have still today to talk about it, and to come to terms with this dark period of its history. Lhola Amiras residency resulted in a new video piece, Lagom – Breaking Bread with the Self Righteous, which is now part of the museum’s collection.
Sissel M Bergh
7 September–17 November
Sissel Mutale Bergh from the Norwegian part of Sápmi, has been researching the South Sami history, language and places. A landscape full of hidden history and non-human inhabitants, where the past is always present, hidden in shadows and in our spines. Through art she scrutinises the ignorance, disinterest and sometimes even falseness around the Sami presence in the southern parts of Norway, manifested by Nordic historians, which has led to the Sami presence being fully written out of history books and hence from people’s minds. Sissel M Bergh works with a range of techniques and materials, alongside different research disciplines and knowledges. With tools such as drawing, video, and different objects she explores how she can understand the world through a re-reading of landscape, memory, power and magic, and hopefully find lost and intertwined connections, to make the whole more comprehensible again. The exhibition is a collaboration between Skövde Art Museum and The Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Opening: Saturday 7 September, 1 pm.
Meet the artists Lhila Amira and Sissel M Berg, at 2pm, in a conversation moderated by the artistic director Thomas Oldrell. They will talk about different forms of colonial oppression, but also about hidden landscapes, reconciliation and magic.
The conversation will be in English.
Film Screening – Folkhemsterror [Welfare State Terror]
Thursday 26 September, 6pm
We kick start Skövde Pride with a screening of Lasse Långström’s feature film Folkhemsterror from 2014. The film is a slanted depiction of the joy, warmth and sweet music that occur when self-proclaimed queer cultural Marxists take up weapons. In a propagandistic cavalcade set to the tune of attacks to the social body, we are offered a punk-production entertainment packed with violence, crime, drugs resistance and a feminist awakening beyond the grave.