Artists Joanna Rajkowska and Johannes Samuelsson were individually invited to participate in the exhibition Counterparts August 22- September 15. As a finale of the closed workshop State of the Arts Part II: The Role of the Artist as Activist in the Age of Neoliberalism between April 10-13, ICIA opened for everyone to join for artist presentations by Joanna Rajkowska and Johannes Samuelsson on Sunday April 13, at 12-2pm.

Joanna Rajkowskas unique artistic vision and methodology combines subjective narratives and critical discourses with a deeply felt concern for the spaces in which her work appear and the people they touch. Instead of simply invading or occupying public spaces, she blurs the identities and hidden tensions associated with them.

 

The book Where the Beast is Buried (Zero books, London) was released in 2013 and can be ordered here. Rajkowska talked about her artistic practice in general and about her relation with the city of Gothenburg.

The artist Johannes Samuelsson works with photography, text and video and is often working in the boarder between artistic practice and investigative journalism. He has worked with the project Ostindiefararen in Gothenburg and its formation and conflicts surrounding it. Another of Samuelsson’s project is Korvkriget (The War of Sausages), which took place in Umeå and amongst other things included a manifestation for the hot dog seller Helmer Holm.

During 2013, Samuelsson has been very engaged in the city development of Umeå and its changes and transformation for the Cultural Capital year 2014, most especially in the centrally located and important place called Apberget.

 

 

Johannes Samuelsson and the poet and Glänta editor Linn Hansén were invited to participate in the project Counterparts, where the starting point was their common interest in citizen dialogues as a part of a democratic processes and its shaping and formation in the public sphere, in particular in relation to the upcoming celebration of                                                                          Gothenburg being 400 years in the year of 2021.