Solkatter Picnic #2: Rooms! Rooms! Rooms!


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Date & Time: 25/08/2019 15:00 - 17:00

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Solkatter (“Suncats”; reflections of the sun) is a critical, artistic intervention taking the form of a picnic blanket. The blanket is placed like a reflection above a room that lies 50 meters underground in the archives of Kungliga Biblioteket in Stockholm: The so-called Nelly Sachs-rummet (The Nelly Sachs Room).

This room is an attempt to recreate the apartment of poet Nelly Sachs, and contains many of her personal belongings. Unfortunately, the room was closed for the public in April 2017.

Anna Asplind & Marie-Therese Luger have in collaboration with each other and other artists collected information and stories about this room and now invite you on to the picnic blanket in order to experience and use this hidden room through a program of talks, performances, music and activities.

The picnic as a format for this intervention is inspired by the picnic´s potential for intervention and protest: a nod towards the “Paneuropean picnic” on Austrian-Hungarian border in 1989, that is said to have contributed to the fall of the iron curtain. Although the format of the picnic originates in the leisures and sparetime of the upper classes, it is a concept that allows collective ownership and the creation of situations where not only food and drink become collective responsibility, but also conversation and entertainment

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Picnic #2
25th of August, 15:00-17:00

Rooms! Rooms! Rooms!
with Roberta Burchardt, LejkvartettenKarolina Weber-Ekdahl (violin), Åsa Harald (violin), Jonna Inge (viola), Erik Uusijärvi (cello)

From the picnic blanket we look at preservation and cultural heritage in a bigger framework. What happens with the things we wish to preserve, and who to we preserve them for? In recent years, contemporary artistic practices have taken more and more space in interpreting and communicating history, archives and collections. Could such practices enable a more just and inclusive way to approach and engage with spaces like Nelly Sachs-rummet?

Artist Roberta Burchardt has inherited a house in Brasil. The house has played a role in the colonial past of the country and is as such not only home for life´s lighter aspects. Roberta will talk about the challenges, responsibilities and the potential that come along with inheriting a colonial heritage, how ownership can be interpreted and forms of sharing and communicating can be developed.

Lejkvartetten will enchant the picnic-guests with sounds and music of forgotten and unplayed female composers.

With support by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee

Special thanks to Margaretha Holmqvist,  Jewish community in Stockholm and grandmother Maj-Britt Nilsson

Weld is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and Region Stockholm