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Saturday 17th September, 12 – 5 PM at Fittja Square and the Fittja kitchen.

This year’s edition of the New Biennial for Art & Architecture in Botkyrka takes the form of an Art Festival & Flea Market in the neighbourhood of Fittja.

On Saturday 17th September (12 – 5 PM) residents of Fittja together with several invited artists, youths and local organisations will join forces to create a one-day art festival & flea market stretching between the square in Fittja centrum and the Fittja kitchen containers. The flea market is exploring the many stories and recycled memories of the place, presenting various art projects, performances, taste experiences, photo exhibitions, an acrobatic workshop and a large-scale, interactive board game.

The New Biennial is an event that is inviting the community to explore the public space through new forms of art. It is a lo-fi and process based format focusing on the intersection between contemporary art, community engagement and architecture, en route to the new arts institution that will be built in Fittja and ready to open in 2018. The first edition took place in 2014 when the Fittja Kitchen arrived, the first of two re-worked shipping containers that form a social platform for experimental art and collaborations in the public space of Fittja.
 
Abir Boukhari (Syria) is invited co-curator for the New Biennial’s Art Festival & Flea Market as well as an upcoming exhibition in Botkyrka konsthall’s current location in Tumba. Abir has been resident curator in Residence Botkyrka during the spring and summer of 2016. She is the co-founder of AllArtNow, a contemporary art centre located in Damascus until 2012 when the war closed it down. It now functions as a nomadic space throughout the world.

On the 1st of October, the New Biennial’s exhibition opens in Botkyrka konsthall, bringing elements of the Flea Market to the art space in Tumba.

The Flea Market
Residents of Fittja together with local organisations sell second hand clothes, objects, handicrafts, books and more.
Location: Fittja Square
Hours: 12 – 4 PM

Neda Razavipour (Teheran)
In the art project Half Objects, Neda asks us to consider leaving our cherished but broken objects with her. The ones that may have lost their original function but we still hold dear. Come by Neda’s table in the flea market to share some of that nostalgia and see whether they can acquire new meanings, as part of an artwork.
Location: Flea Market, Fittja Square
Hours: 12 – 4 PM

Ayhan Aydin & Josefin Vargö (Botkyrka/Stockholm)
Variations – what’s the difference? Ayhan and Josefin offer a taste experience exploring how food may taste depending on how it has been produced. Try different variations and get in touch with the basic tastes.
Location: Flea Market, Fittja Square
Hours: 1 – 3 PM

Junior Residence (Botkyrka)
The unconventional summer job where a group of youths from Botkyrka explore their surrounding through artistic processes. This summer, the group decided to take on the idea of the “game” which turned into a large-scale, interactive board game that will cover most of Fittja square and invite the audience to take part.
Location: Fittja square
Hours: 12 – 3 PM

Sepidar Hosseini (Stockholm)
The poster for the Art Festival & Flea Market (Konstfestival & Loppmarknad) is the work of a collective brainstorm that took place during two hot summer days by the Fittja Kitchen. Graphic designer Sepidar was joined by Luca, Lejla, Mariana, Aida and Emilie. If you want a poster of your own, visit Botkyrka konsthall’s table at the Flea Market!
Location: Flea Market, Fittja Square
Hours: 12 – 4 PM

Madiha Saeed (Botkyrka)
Madiha has been in charge of the instagram account in the days leading up to #FittjaKonstFest #NewBiennial, see her flow of images @botkyrkakonsthall. She is also showing a selection of photos in an installation at the Fittja square.
Location: Fittja square
Hours: 12 – 3 PM

Färgsättarna (Botkyrka)
The creative collective Färgsättarna is a Botkyrka based network of young artists working in a variety of artistic expressions in an urban context. Their different styles and media enables them to take on all sorts of artistic challenges. In Fittja, they are documenting, providing visual elements and are running a “spray-paint-umbrella” workshop for children.
Location: Fittja Kitchen
Hours: 2 – 4 PM

Luca Garuski (Botkyrka)
Luca is a photographer that has been documenting the everyday life in his nearby surrounding in Fittja and Botkyrka. His photographies are installed between the Fittja square and the Fittja kitchen.
Location: Fittja Square – Fittja Kitchen
Hours: 12 – 5 PM

Breeze Yoko (Cape Town)
Last November, Breeze spent a few frosty days painting the back of the Fittja kitchen as part of his stay in Residence Botkyrka. Read more about his thoughts on painting in Fittja, and the striking pattern that originates from the African Nguni tradition in the publication “DIN”. He is joining Färgsättarna and will continue painting around the Fittja kitchen.
Location: Fittja Kitchen
Hours: 3 – 5 PM (approx.)

Leire Mesa & Marta Gil (Botkyrka)
The art collective from Alby with roots in Spain and the Basque Country creates art through body movements and visual expressions. In the workshop TWIST & SAW, participants are stretching their boundaries in a circus experience using the trapeze, paint and fabric to create a collective installation to the sound of live music! “Come dance, paint and fly with us”
Location: Fittja Kitchen
Hours: 3-3.30 PM Performance / 3.30-5 PM Workshop (no need to sign up, max 20 persons)

The Fittja Kitchen
The two re-worked shipping containers are part of Botkyrka konsthall’s programme in Fittja until the new art space is opening in late 2018. The container platform is an experimental space for ideas to be tested and tried out, and it is open for collaborations.
Location: Fittja Kitchen
Hours: 12 – 5 PM

Orten i Fokus
Broken glass turns into art! During the summer, the organisation Orten i Fokus run an art project together with local children. They collected broken glass and created a campaign to raise grown-up’s awareness about the problem and how to solve it. The glass pieces were then polished and painted, and turned into a colourful mosaic, mounted onto three large stones on Värdshusvägen.
Location: Värdshusvägen 6-8

Muhammad Ali (Damascus)
Muhammad came to Fittja from Damascus in the spring. He has been a resident artist in Residence Botkyrka and is publishing an artist book showing his drawings which literary illustrates his journey to Europe. The book is released together with Labyrint’s upcoming anthology this autumn. In Fittja, Muhammad’s work is engaging with the Flea Market.

This is also happening in Fittja!

The Multicultural Centre
Come by to see live-graffiti by the parking outside the Multicultural Centre! Two local artists will paint the wall from the ground. Take the opportunity to see the exhibitions “Internationell Psykos” and “Längs Röda Linjen”. The workshop for children is open and the restaurant Tavernan is serving their amazing vegetarian buffet.
Location: Värdshusvägen 7 vid Fittja gård
Hours: 12-16

Fittja Library
Family Saturday at the Fittja Library! Readings by the poet Daniel Boyacioglu (1 PM).
Plats: Level 2, Fittja centrum
Tid: 12-3 PM

ARTS FESTIVAL &
FLEA MARKET
17 September
12 – 5 PM
Fittja square
Fittja kitchen

PARTICIPANTS
Neda Razavipour (Tehran)
Muhammad Ali (Damascus)
Junior Residence (Botkyrka)
Breeze Yoko (Cape Town)
Färgsättarna (Botkyrka)
Luca Garuski (Botkyrka)
Madiha Saeed (Botkyrka)
Ayhan Aydin & Josefin Vargö (Botkyrka/Stockholm)
Leire Mesa & Marta Gil (Botkyrka)
Sepidar Hosseini (Stockholm)
Orten i Fokus (Botkyrka)
Organisations and residents of Fittja.

TEAM
Miriam Andersson Blecher, Director
Abir Boukhari, Guest curator
Anneli Bäckman, Curator
Kerstin Gezelius, Art educator
Saadia Hussain, Art educator
Mikael Nyström, Urban art
Karim El-Harrak, Coordinator
Rumeysa Alici, Host
Sofia Lundin, Host
Emilie Magnusson, Assistent
Aida Mokhtari, Assistent
Patrick Dallard, Exhibition design

COLLABORATIONS
The Multicultural Centre in Fittja
Botkyrkabyggen
Iaspis

THANKS TO
Forbo Flooring AB, Årsta
Clowns without Borders
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