Tuesday 24 November 2-4 PM.
What happens to a city and all its cultures and subcultures in the wake of systematic segregation? Meet artist Breeze Yoko in a conversation about Johannesburg and the awakening opposition among South Africa’s youth.
The student uprisings #Feesmustfall began in the spring of 2015 with a resistance to colonial symbols such as the statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Since then, wave after wave of student demonstrations have occurred throughout South Africa. Breeze Yoko will give us an insight into South Africa some 20 years after the fall of apartheid, where more and more youth are organizing themselves and demanding their rights.
Breeze Yoko is artist in residence at Residence Botkyrka in November, he is active within the field of graffiti, painting, film and around issues of self-organization and self-empowerment, inspired by the “Black Consciousness Movement” a pan-Africanist vision of a united Africa among liberated black Africans, lead by Steve Biko in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Breeze Yoko is a Johannesburg-based award winning multidisciplinary artist and curator specialising in video/film and graffiti. Yoko has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and in urban art projects in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Senegal, Germany, France, and many more. His films have won awards at the Tricontinental Film Festival, South Africa; Special mention in the Sienna Film Festival, Italy; and Dak’Art, Senegal. He recently painted murals in over 13 countries traveling mostly overland from Lagos to Amsterdam.
Breeze’s whimsical yet powerful murals unfurl a kind of humanity and beauty that re-imagine their environments. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Yoko uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space in a fictional and experiential universe. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Yoko also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous and constant change. His work is also concerned with pan-Africanism, and the reclaiming and forging of old and new “schemes, forms and strategies” in the realms of culture and politics.
16 – 29 nov. 15
24 nov. kl 14-16
Residence Botkyrka is Botkyrka konsthall’s context-specific residency programme active within the interdisciplinary field of art, architecture, food and social practices. The programme encourages new forms of artistic research and art practices that engage in a local context, involving the community and supports projects that require longer stays.
Developing Nordic Cities is open to artists, architects, activists, designers and curators based in Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Åland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.
Grant holders receive a stipend of 11000 SEK/month and are offered living and working space in an apartment as well as support for travel expenses. There is also a small production budget, and artists are supported with networks and curatorial assistance during their stay. Each artist is committed for a 2 months stay (sometimes it is possible to divide the stay into two periods).
Deadlines for application:
10 June 2015 for the residency period: July 2015 – January 2016
10 December 2015 for the residency period: January – June 2016
10 May 2016 for the residency period: June – December 2016
10 December 2016 for the residency period: January – June 2017
10 May 2017 for the residency period: June – December 2017
Please send us a personal letter together with a CV/bio and documentation of your practice. There should also be documented knowledge of community arts practice. Email address: email@example.com
Botkyrka is part of Greater Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s most international municipalities with people from more than 160 different countries speaking around 100 languages. Residence Botkyrka promotes context-based art exploring the possibilities of art to influence a place and its identity. Residence Botkyrka works in public spaces and supports projects that are difficult to implement without a prolonged stay. Residence Botkyrka is also interested in the issues of co-creation and how the interaction between people can contribute to social change.
Botkyrka konsthall is currently in the process of creating a new contemporary arts institution in the neighbourhood of Fittja, a process that involves the local community, cultural organisations, schools and collaborations with KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institite of Art in Stockholm, among others. The new institution also grows from the knowledge produced by the artists, curators, architects and thinkers from Residence Botkyrka. There are also opportunities for artists-in-residence to discuss projects and ideas for the New Biennial for Art & Architecture that opens for the second time in September 2017.
In 2014, Residence Botkyrka presented the Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale where artists and architects participated with art and architectural research projects. The Fittja Pavilion was listed as one of the most interesting exhibitions at the biennial by the international Magazine Domus.
Residence Botkyrka is run by Botkyrka konsthall and is a collaboration between the Department of Culture and Leisure, the Department of Urban Planning, the housing company Botkyrkabyggen, and the Multicultural Centre, a municipal foundation that is engaged in research, education and cultural events, and has a mission to study and promote a society where diversity is reflected in Sweden’s national self-image and where migration is a natural part of the Swedish cultural heritage. This cooperation enables different people, such as urban planners and researchers, to contribute with knowledge and networks to the visiting grant holders.
Botkyrka municipality aims to promote a sustainable community development: ecological, social and economic. There is also an emphasis on the citizen’s perspective and possibilities for the community to influence and partake in the programme. This also permeates Residence Botkyrka.
Resident Botkyrka stipend holders are also shortlisted for future public art commissions in the municipality of Botkyrka.
Contact: Anneli Bäckman, Curator
Developing Nordics Cities
Deadline: 10 June, 2015
Nordic Culture Point
Photo: Simon Berg
Ayhan Aydin, residence artist,
Fittja Open 2013
November 11th, 3-4 pm.
Location: Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba
Join us for a conversation with Dr Marnie Badham who will discuss her research into cultural value, community arts and evaluation. Badham served as research fellow on a 3 year Australian Research Council project on Aesthetics/Evaluation, resulting in an edited book, Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement recently published with Palgrave McMIllan.
Dr Marnie Badham convenes the Master of Arts and Community Practice program at at the University of Melbourne. As an artist-researcher using practice-led and participatory methodologies, her expertise includes socially-engaged arts and politics of cultural measurement. She holds a Melbourne Social Equity Institute Post Doctoral Award to examine ‘the social turn’ in artist residencies. Her current research includes collaborations with scholars and cultural workers in Australia’s Northern Territory, South East Asia, the UK, and North America. Marnie presents and publishes her work internationally and maintains her arts practice through residencies and curatorial projects.
Dr Marnie Badham is a guest at Residence Botkyrka, 8 – 13 November, 2015.
11 Novemeber, 3-4 PM
Welcome to Fittja Open’s Picnic by the Fittja Kitchen!
Saturday 12 September, 1-14 PM.
Fittja Open is a recurring art event connected to Residence Botkyrka. This year’s edition presents a community picnic by the new platform for art, food and architecture: the Fittja Kitchen.
Artist and chef Giovanni Naves invites you to experiment with spice mixtures and grill seasonings. Bring something for the grill or try some of the available food to sample.
Create your own jewelry out of what ever you can find, and exhibit it in the upcoming exhibition SMYCKA! in Botkyrka konsthall. The workshop..
Meet the new artist-in-residence, Michelle Eistrup, from Denmark/Jamaica who will spend time in Fittja this autumn.
Anne Pfennig, art mediator and cultural producer from Germany, has been a guest in Residence Botkyra for the past year. In the project DISHCOURSE she is inviting guest to a conversation and a “fika” around the new meeting place and platform in Fittja: the Fittja Kitchen. The project is developed within the course ORGANISING DISCOURSE at Konstfack.
Junior Residence, a group of young local artists from Botkyrka exhibit their art artworks from this summer’s art residency in Fittja.
Botkyrka konsthall is launching a new platform for art, food and architecture in Fittja during the Fittja Festival, 5-7 June!
Join us for a couple of eventful days with workshop: create your own Fittja spice mixture, “fredagsmys” and popcorn creations, collective container mural paintings, an online performance-lecture with Cooking Sections, transform an old tree to an instrument, conversations over a “fika” on how to collectively create a new space for art, food and architecture in Fittja, and much more!
Fittjaköket + FörOrten is Botkyrka konsthall’s extended programme in Fittja. It is a meeting place for the community, artists, architects, chefs and others to develop ideas on how a future art institution can form in Fittja. In a few years Botkyrka konsthall will open a new space for art in Fittja.
The idea to create a social artistic platform has grown out of the many projects from Residence Botkyrka’s international residency programme where artists, architects and chefs have been working site-specifically in close collaboration with residents, schools and local organisations.
A platform for art, food
& architecture in Fittja.
Giovanni Naves, artist/chef
Julia Adzuki, artist
Cooking Sections, artists
Kelly Tsipni-Kolaza, guest curator, Residence Botkyrka
Students from KTH School of Architecture
Schoolchildren from Fittjaskolan
Kerstin Gezelius, art pedagogue
Saadia Hussain, art pedagogue
Anne Pfennig, guest curator, Residence Botkyrka
Katrin Behdjou Arshi, curator
Miriam Andersson Blecher
Gertrude och Ivar Philipsons stiftelse
KTH School of Architecture
7 June, 1-4 pm, Fittjaköket + FörOrten
Emerging from parallel residencies in Jaffa and Fittja, the artist duo Cooking Sections and curator-in-residence Kelly Tsipni Kolaza present Orange Trees That Talk.
ORANGE TREES THAT TALK is a mediated performance that will take place at Fittja Festival organised by Botkyrka Konsthall in the suburbs of Stockholm.
Drawing on the relationship between landscape, history and urban architecture, Orange Trees That Talk will explore social, agricultural and economic realities in such ostensibly disparate areas of the planet as Jaffa and Fittja. Focusing on the invention of the famous Jaffa oranges, Cooking Sections will trace unexpected connections through capitalist patterns of global circulation and power structures while mapping out differences and similarities in schemes of urban development.
Over the course of three hours and as part of their Empire Remains project, Cooking Sections will be broadcasting live from Jaffa where they will engage in the personification task of interviewing Orange Trees to learn about the historic and contemporary condition of an urbanised landscape of orchards. The performance will take the various forms of lo-fi advertisements, on and off vocal interventions and intermittent disruptions.
COOKING SECTIONS (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; CA2M; the Bartlett; ETSAM; TEDx Talks Madrid; Fiorucci Art Trust London; ACC Weimar; SOS 4.8; HKW Berlin; 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR Kortrijk; and have been 2014 residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London.
KALLIOPI TSIPNI KOLAZA is an independent curator based between London and Athens. She holds an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Westminster. In 2013 she was an associate curator of the Maldives Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale. Over the past four years she has worked for various public art institutions in London such as the Serpentine Galleries, The Architecture Foundation and the Contemporary Art Society. She is part of the Mnemoscape curatorial board and she has recently been awarded the Samos International Curatorial Fellowship 2015.
This project was developed through CuratorLab at Konstfack University College for Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden.
With thanks to: Joanna Warsza, Nina Möntmann, Hadrian Garrard, Helen Nisbet, Tor Lindstrand, Claire Tancons and Botkyrka Konsthall
Image: Proposal for Fittja, Tor Lindstrand
Orange Trees That Talk
Fittjaköket + FörOrten
7 June, 1-4 pm
Kelly Tsipni Kolaza
CuratorLab, Konstfack University College for Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm
Joanna Warsza, Nina Möntmann, Hadrian Garrard, Helen Nisbet, Tor Lindstrand, Claire Tancons
GRÖNSAKSPROGRAMMET – The Vegetable Program
28 May – 31 August, Multicultural Centre, Fittja.
What would happen if one million balconies was transformed into co-operative allotments dedicated to the production of vegetables?
Over the last two years students from KTH School of Architecture have been working in the neighbourhoods of Northern Botkyrka south of Stockholm, looking into housing, public space, institutions and life. For the spring semester of 2015 we have created a project around the many balconies in the area. The project is presented as an exhibition and full scale operational models of two balconies that will work as the vegetable and herb garden for the restaurant at the Multicultural Centre (MKC).
The Vegetable Programme
28 May – 31 Aug.
Studio 2, KTH-A
KTH School of Architecture
in collaboration with