In October 2017, the artist Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena set up a studio at Hjällbo torg, where he has been working to produce the new work that opens at December, 7.
The work is the start of a longer project, which will continue over the next year when Fabra returns to the refugee camp Moheda in Småland, where he arrived in 1979 from Uruguay. He aims at making a monument over this long abolished and forgotten place. The project starts in Hjällbo, where Juan-Pedro Fabra will start his journey between centre and periphery, fact and mythology, the visible and invisible.
The installation in the old zoo-shop of Hjällbo is composed by large paintings, wooden structures and a film where we can see the actor/performer Segal Mohamed present the small play of these children’s mythology.
The aim for the art work in Hjällbo is to address issues on the construction of the national identity and the creation of meaning of places. How and who can claim culture, history and landscape. Who has the right to fictional storytelling and contribute to new mythologies in the future history writing in Sweden?
The Children from Hjällbo (The children from Moheda) is curated by Anna van der Vliet, Artistic Director at ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art and art consultant at Gothenburg Art.
Especially thanks to Segal Mohamed, Gustavo Perillo and the team at Gothenburg Film Studios.