The food we eat, the songs we sing, the clothes we wear, the things we have around us, our knowledge, dreams and experiences, all these aspects of our lives are integral to our identities as individuals and as a society. Don’t miss out on an exciting exhibition about the Stockholm and the world that we all share.

The artists who have contributed to Fittja Open 2011 have all documented their personal experiences, both of Botkyrka and of other places around the world, in the form of books, posters, postcards and much more.

Artists: Katja Aglert, Helena Byström, Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Kalle Hamm, Phil Hession, Sasha Huber, Dzamil Kamanger, Jaana Kokko, Birger Lipinski, Isabel Löfgren, Pangea design, Laercio Redondo, Petri Saarikko, Elisabeth Subrin and Paula Urbano.

Curators: Finbar Krook Rosato, Joanna Sandell and Paola Zamora.

Many of the artists participating in Fittja Open 2011 are in the middle of their artistic process within the residency program Residence Botkyrka. Some of the artists have already completed their stay and are now presenting the work created during their time in Fittja.

Others are still in the midst of a long and perhaps challenging project and are at this moment sharing a part of their work process. Yet others, Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger to be more specific, have just been selected as resident artists. Therefore, you have the opportunity to get to know two new artists’ practices.

A common ground for all artists in the exhibition has been a process oriented work method. Residence Botkyrka wants to support artists in their work over a long period of time, especially as artistic research is often not easily carried out in the course of a month or two. We encourage the artists to be open to the possibility that their initial artistic idea might change during the time spent in Fittja.

The relevancy of the artwork can also be tried out within the newly formed residency discussion group with local residents in Fittja, but also through discussions with the curators at Botkyrka konsthall, and sociologists at the Multicultural Centre. Other important discussion partners have been the local housing company Botkyrkabyggen, the Citizens’ office in Fittja, the Department of city planning in Botkyrka, as well as local companies in Fittja.

What you will experience during Fittja Open 2011 is at times thought of as a basis for upcoming public art works. Could Sasha Huber’s and Petri Saarikko’s books about remedies become a wall for exchanging practical wisdom in Fittja? Are Ulrika Gunnarsdotter’s strawberries on Fittja Äng here to stay? The ideas brought forth by the artists will be tried prior to future public art productions through the one percent for art-rule” in Botkyrka that not only encompasses entrepreneur costs of new public buildings but also includes projects by the Department of streets and parks and the Department of water supply.

As part of Fittja Open 2011, artists with an interest in our shared public space and the mundane divinity of life have been invited to take part in an exhibition at Botkyrka konsthall, situated in Tumba in the southern part of Botkyrka. The exhibition opens on the 10th of September, one day before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 in New York. At Botkyrka konsthall you will be able to experience Elisabeth Subrin’s portrayal of her neighborhood in Brooklyn shortly after the incident, as well as eight years later. What has changed with the passing of time and politics?

A publication in the form of a pizza box will expand with the addition of new art works produced during the exhibition, a vinyl record by artist Phil Hession (Belfast), produced by Ungdomens hus – an important hang out for young people in Fittja – will be added, as well as a film manuscript by Jaana Kokko (Helsinki).


Vladan Jeremic and Rena Rädle have chosen to address some of the most crucial issues of our times. How is the Roma population acknowledged in public space? Can we make a difference by choosing what should be seen as cultural heritage, archictectual monuments or social communities? Vladan and Rena are artists and theoriticians based in Belgrade (Serbia), together with Suzana Milevska and Enisa Eminovska they have also founded Roma Pavilion, the Roma participation within the world’s most prominent art biennial, The Venice Biennale.

Welcome to a lunchtime conversation at Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja, Thursday 15 of September at 12-13:30. Participating: Vladan Jeremic, Rena Rädle and Joanna Sandell from Botkyrka konsthall/Residence Botkyrka

Paula Urbano, Här och där, 2011

PROGRAM: Artist’s talk Paula Urbano

September 27, 2011: On identity, migration with Paula Urbano and Leif Magnusson, director of the Multicultural Centre and René León Rosales, Ph. D in ethnology and researcher at MKC.

PROGRAM: Botkyrka at large – a guided tour by bus presentingBotkyrka’s public art.

October, 1, 12.00-16.00.

12:00 Matti Kallioinen, Kulturskolan i Tumba

12:40 Oskar Korsar, Tumbascenen

13:20 Lisa Jonasson, Idrottshallen Brantbrink, Brantbrink

13:50 Eva Arnqvist, Förskolan Bäverhyddan, Tullinge Trädgårdsstad

14:30 Johan Svensson, Förskolan Ugglan, Alby

15:10 Tova Mozard, Hammerstaskolan, Norsborg

16:00 Botkyrka konsthall


Katja Aglert, Stuffed City, 2011

Katja Aglert’s project for Fittja Open is a collaborative work created together with youth in Botkyrka, focusing on one of the most fundamental aspects of life: our need and passion for food.

Helena Byström, Botkyrka table ware, 2011

Helena Byström asked the following question around Botkyrka during spring 2011; where did you have your most memorable meeting? She collected the handwritten notes and turned them into a blue ornamentation for vintage porcelain tableware.

Jaana Kokko, Countryman Tuomas Mattila and his rooster Abraham, 2011

My daughter Aira Timlin and her fur hat, 2011 Animal rights activists Dorna Behdadi, 2011

The forest is young and full of life, 2011

Aira and the swing, 2011

Self-portrait, 2011

Sleeping Aira, 2011

Mother and child, me and Aira, 2011

Aira and the sheep, 2011

Bird, 2011

Jaana Kokko’s works deal with aspects of animal and human rights. In different work methods, such as drawing, video and photography, she researches the relationship to nature in suburban areas.

Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Behind platitudes and strawberries, 2011

Ulrika Gunnarsdotter’s sculptures on Fittja äng are inspired by the folk costumes worn by Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the right-wing populist party the Swedish Democrats, and his girlfriend a year ago during the opening of the Swedish parliament.

Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kamanger, Pizzeria Babylon, 2011

Kalle Hamm och Dzamil Kamanger are upcoming artists within Residence Botkyrka’s program Developing Nordic Citites. Together they will treat visitors coming to the opening with a pizza menu both challenging, fun and filling.

Phil Hession, performance i Fittja

 Phil Hession, Song Map, 2011

Blood Drops in Snow, 2011

….a stranger I came…. , 2011

Where Could I Go, 2011

Phil Hession uses traditional songs that has survived through an oral tradition and presents them in new contexts. He shares knowledge and experiences while trying to listen and learn. The performance works can be seen as exchanges based on a mutual respect and trust.

Sasha Huber och Petri Sarriko, “Remedies”, 2011

Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko Remedies, 2011

During their stay in Residence Botkyrka, artists Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko researched local remedies as a true potential to celebratory aspects of culture.

Birger Lipinski och Laercio Redondo, Please, please, please, let me get what I want, 2011

During spring 2011, artist Laercio Redondo and interior architect Birger Lipinski have worked artistically with Residence Botkyrka’s apartment at Krögarvägen, Fittja. Together they’ve realized a new interior design, more suitable for artistic work and public events. As a result of their process, a lot of old furniture from the apartment became useless. They have now become a basis for a new sculptural work that will be recycled back into the community.

Isabel Löfgren, Television is a foreign country, 2011

Isabel Löfgren, Part I: Television is a Foreign Country, 2011

Satellite City is a research based artwork inspired by all the parabole antennas covering the facades of the buildings in Fittja. In the first stage of Isabel Löfgren’s project Residence Botkyrka’s apartment will get its own neon-colored parabole antenna.

Pangea Design & Fredrik Andersson, Font for Botkyrka Konsthall and Fittja Open

By juxtaposing a primitive font, the stencil, with the organic ligatures Fredrik Andersson wanted to find a form that captured the fleeing and hybrid aspects of how new languages are formed. The arrow and the orienteering maps play with topography and typography, with their authority and authenticity deriving from the already known. But where do the map and the arrow lead?

Petri Saarikko, Bezoar pt 1 – Shaving the world, 2011, Bezoar pt 2 – Hairball, 2011

Petri Saarikko’s performance work is based on mutuality and generosity. The artist will invite customers of a hair salon in Tumba centrum to participate in the making of his work, and in return they will get an artwork of their own.

Elisabeth Subrin, Lost Tribes and Promised Lands, 2010

Half of the pictures in Elisabeth Subrin’s work were taken during a walk through the artist’s neighborhood in Brooklyn about a month after 9/11. The other half is a reenactment of the same walk, eight years later. The work is about class difference, identity, commercialization and the tyranny of conformity as much as it relates to 9/11 and it’s aftermaths.

Paula Urbano, Here and there, 2011, Her life, 2008

During a couple of weeks of summer 2011, Paula Urbano set up a mobile recording studio on different sites of Fittja where she asked the inhabitants the question; what would your life have been like if you had stayed where you were born? Through the answers we get an insight to how life had turned out for these people, around the world and in Sweden.


Finbar Krook Rosato, curator Fittja Open 2011

Joanna Sandell, chef Botkyrka konsthall och curator Fittja Open 2011

Paola Zamora, curator Fittja Open 2011

Exhibition production: Jakob Hallberg, Finbar Krook Rosato, Erik Rören.

Co-ordination: Johanna Fogel, Kristina Lindemann, Isabel Löfgren, Caroline Malmström

Education: Johanna Fogel, Kerstin Gezelius, Saadia Hussein

Graphic design: Pangea design

Thanks to: Nessim Becket, CuratorLab, Hellas orientering, Helmers Drop In, Kolgrill & Pizzeria Amorina, lava, Andrejs Ljunggren, Mälarhöjdens ik, Parvaneh Sharafi, Ungdomens hus i Fittja.

Supported by: Arts Council Northern Ireland, Intercult, Kulturbryggan, Kulturkontakt Nord, Mångkulturellt centrum,, British Council, Arts Council of Finland, Botkyrkabyggen, Culture Ireland, FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Konstfack

UTSTÄLLNING: 10 sep 2011 – 16 okt 2011 i Fittja

PROGRAM & PEDAGOGIK: Artists’ performances in central Fittja, lunch conversation, artist’s talk, guided bus tour to the new public art in Botkyrka.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Artists in residence: Birger Lipinski, Laercio Redondo, Jaana Kokko, Sasha Huber, Petri Saarikko, Phil Hession, Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kamanger and more