Accessing Utopia

Accessing Utopia: panel talks on activism in the exhibition Third Space.
Friday 16th September at 5 – 7.00 PM in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba.

The panel talk will be held in Swedish and is being filmed. Please come early, the doors close at 4.50 PM.

Accessing Utopia (2017) is the latest work by the collaborative artistic research group Batuthä that is currently presented in the exhibition Third Space at Botkyrka konsthall.

The polyphonic video installation is based on interviews with young Swedish activists who have engaged in organizations dealing with the multiple expressions of racism and social injustice in the Swedish society.

Bathutä presents a panel talk in which some of the interviewed activists will further elaborate on two key themes that surges in the work Accessing Utopia:

When does activism become a commodity?
The panel will discuss and question a critical historical question among activist groups in relation to commodification of activism. We attempt to bring forward the possibility of the cultural transformation from grassroots activities to an object of desire and a commodity within the neo-liberal social and political framework. Through a critical consideration of global and historical facts, we attempt to locate a comparable question and concern within the context of Sweden and therefore get ahead role of divers institutions in disseminating and supporting the activism.

What is solidarity in unequal societies?
The panel will explore how politics of solidarity could be understood in a segregated and unequal society. While solidarity is a notion that is often presented as a necessity to overcome social inequality, it is important to critically reflect on its possibilities and impossibilities in divided societies. What are the challenges of solidarity politics in relation to the different power structures of society? What are the shifting and multiple ways we are positioned in the power relations that are identified as acts of solidarity?

Confirmed participants: Angelica Andersson, Emma Dominguez, Araia Ghirmai Sebhatu, Samuel Girma, Nachla Libre, Ailin Moaf Mirlashari, Rashid Musa.

The discussions will be moderated by Edda Manga, Mångkulturellt centrum, and Ove Sernhede, Göteborgs university.

Bathutä is a collaboration between René León-Rosales, Ph.D in ethnology and head of research at the Mångkulturellt centrum and Behzad Khosravi-Noori, artist and writer currently holding a Ph.D position at Konstfack/KTH in Stockholm.

The exhibition Third Space spans across place, politics and poetry bringing together works that relate to a social progress in that is currently transforming. It takes its point of departure from our globalised and segregated societies – where young voices tell of their experiences of being “in-between”, where cultures and languages meet and where new ones are formed. This is the context in which a conflicting and shifting condition of being both on the ‘inside’ as well as on the ‘outside’ exists. We treat the Third Space as a space of negotiating the imaginary – creating a continuous flow towards what has not yet become.

Botkyrka konsthall has been collaborating with the participating artists through Residence Botkyrka, the international residency programme in Fittja, and DIN, an art project organised by Orten i Fokus. The exhibition period will present a programme including the events: When does activism become a commodity? & What is solidarity in unequal societies? organised by Bathutäs (dates in January – February to be announced).

The title borrows from the postcolonial thinker Homi K Bhabha’s theory “The Third Space” that describes a space where cultures are influencing each other and new identities are formed.

The exhibition is Botkyrka konsthall’s final programme that takes place in Tumba before embarking on the journey towards a new art institution that opens up in Fittja in early 2019.


Bathutä “Accessing Utopia” Photo: Thomas Paltiel

Accessing utopia (2017) is the latest work from the collaborative artistic research group Bathutäs. The piece Accessing utopia is based on interviews with young Swedish activists who have engaged in organizations dealing with the multiple expressions of racism and social injustice in the Swedish society. Using artistic research methodology the project articulates a narrative strategy which aims to put forward the complexities in the young people’s understanding of their own activism, and hence their political subjectivities. In the exhibition, Accessing Utopia is presented in a circular installation with five monitors, and will be accompanied by previous works and a programme.

Bathutäs is a collaboration between René León-Rosales, Ph. D in ethnology and head of research at the Mångkulturellt centrum and Behzad Khosravi-Noori, artist and writer currently holding a Ph. D position at Konstfack/KTH in Stockholm.


studio nāv “out of the body” Photo: Thomas Paltiel

studio nāv’s installation out of the body (2017) takes its outset in ‘movement’, and is authored through the trajectory of the underground and endoscope. From the body’s interior a subjective landscape is formed, in which incongruence and intuition dissolve the binaries ‘departure’ and ‘arrival’. Here, the acousmatic voice, once purposeful for the underground, negotiates a flow of relations without a given destination. out of the body is a spatial installation consisting of a video and two soundworks.

The piece is produced in collaboration with Mya Gomez, Houda Landolsi, Elisa Lévy and GlissantBot.

studio nāv is made up of Carl Fransson och Thomas Paltiel. In their work they act from the position of a critical spatial practice. At Botkyrka Konsthall they have also authored the exhibition’s scenography.


Alex Rodallec & Nabil Dorbane Dubbelkultur (2017) Foto: Simon Berg

Alex Rodallec and Nabil Dorbane meet in the collaboration Double Culture (2017) featuring poetry and illustrations, text and sounds where a variety of languages and voices portray the experience of what is popularly called the “suburb” in both Sweden and France.

”What is the feeling of the suburb? A phenomenon easily recognized regardless of whether it is in France or Sweden. Areas that are largely populated by a working and lower class with a migration background. What are the pictures stuck with many of us who grew up in these places? What are the sounds and languages? The sorrow and joy? What is it that we carry within of being in between places, on borders? What are the feelings that colour our memories?”


Alex Rodallec is a poet, translator and editor at Kultwatch and the cultural magasine DIN. Nabil Dorbane is an illustrator, graphic designer and graffiti writer.

The exhibition Third Space is running until the 18th February in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba.

Third Space
Accessing Utopia
out of the body
Double Culture

18 November 2017 –
11 March 2018
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

Bathtutäs, Behzad Khosravi-Noori and René León-Rosales
Nabil Dorbane
Alex Rodallec
studio nāv, Carl Fransson and Thomas Paltiel

studio nāv

Miriam Andersson Blecher, director
Anneli Bäckman, curator
Kerstin Gezelius, art educator
Maia Lundblom, installation
Sofia Lundin, coordinator
Gemma Nic Conchra, installation (intern)
Georg Nordmark, technical & installation
Mikael Nyström, graphic design

Acapela Group
Mångkulturellt centrum

Mikael Nyström, grafisk form
Pierre Vincensini, foto
Sepidar Hosseini, logotyp

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