Curator: Catrin Lundqvist
Artists: Magnus Bartas, Loulou Cherinet, Mats Hjelm, Jesper Nordahl, Marika Orenius, Lina Selander, Alexander Vaindorf
From the middle of 20th century, Sweden had rapid industrial growth which has contributed to a stable economy. The country adopted the Swedish model that turned Sweden into social, cultural and economical well fare state. This was also the period when immigration increased in Sweden due to the need of labor in Swedish industries. Sweden did not experience any war for many centuries. Generally Swedish people do not like disputing too much, in stead they prefer coming to consensus based on discussion. People rarely talk about their political ideologies.
These general ideas about the Swedish political landscape, together with the lack of conflicts and political unrest might make politics, a less frequent subject to Swedish artists. In Sweden today you might find more artists working on how political engagement affects personal life on a psychological level rather than working on political standpoints or artists may find interest in working with political or sociological phenomena abroad.
Catrin Lundqvist is a curator of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and a free-lance curator with her own company Domestic Art. At the Moderna Museet, she is currently working with film, video, and performance-based art, and organising debates and seminars on contemporary art.