Bookshop Situation Series: release of NYA SMÅLAND / NEW SMÅLAND

13 October 2020, 18:00–20:00

Welcome to the book release for New Småland.

Published in English and Swedish New Småland investigates issues of entrepreneurship, immigration and emigration, and looks in various ways at the relationship between the rural and the urban. These three themes characterise both a common and a historical understanding of Småland.

The release will be presented by the book’s editor Jonatan Habib Engqvist. Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena will talk about the portal in Moheda. Anna Ekman, Cecilia Järdemar and Freddy Tsimba have a conversation about the work with the Swedish mission archive’s Congo images.

The book Nya Småland, which is published by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing and Linneaus University, presents the string of exhibitions that took place in 2019-20 within the framework of Nya Småland. This also reflects on the conferences, seminars, residences, workshops, international collaborations, etc. that have taken place since 2016.

The project examines questions such as: What happens in the transition from glass industry to tourism? How can a region that is depopulated, grow and develop at the same time? How did the centre of town end up in a field? What does the relationship between Småland and ‘Swedish’ Minnesota look like today? Do artists and designers know about the knowledge base and potential that exists in Småland’s industries? Do local manufacturers know which artists and designers that work in the area and what their skills and ambitions are? By asking these questions and developing different approaches to creating a dialogue between international contemporary art and local knowledge, we can start to advance an updated picture of Småland.

Contributions from: Abraham Hurtado, Anders Sunna, Ane Graff, Ane Hjort Guttu, Ann Mirjam Valka, Anna Ekman, Axel Stratschnoy, Behazad Khosravi Noori & René Léon-Rosales, Caroline Mårtensson, Cecilia Järdemar, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Cristina Bogdan, Curatingpublicspace, Dan Karlholm, Elna Svenle, Éric van Hove, Freddy Tsimba, Frida Sandström, Greece is For Lovers, Joanna Sandell, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Katja Aglert, Katrīna Neiburga, Lela Pierce, Maria Lantz, Markus Vallien, Mike Bode, Olav Fumarola Unsgaard, Peter Aronsson, Petri Saariko, Runo Lagomarsino, Stine Marie Jacobsen, SUPERFLEX, Åsa Jungnelius

New Småland is a collaboration initiated by four art institutions, three regions and one university.
This release is organized in collaboration with Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists

The Bookshop Situation Series at Index is based on events to present books, magazines, records and other artistic formats. The bookshop situation is a way to test content, to share it, to distribute it, offering situations to be part of a community of experimental producers and users.

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