A DRAGON RISES AGAINST THE WIND
ANNA WIESELGREN (CAN), BIRTE NIDERHAUS (SWE), ISMAIL HOSNY (EGY), JILL LINDSTRÖM (SWE), KHALED HARARA (GAZA), PATRICIA VANE (NLD), STEVEN CUZNER (SWE), STINA ÖSTBERG (SWE), SUMEI (CHN), VALENTINA PARASKEVAIDOU (GRE)
Last year the residency program at Konstepidemin started the forum Crisis–Populism–Art, where local and international artists have been working together since September 2014, approaching questions about politics, responsability, language, and participation. The artists will present works from the process in the exhibition A dragon rises against the wind showing from the 9th of May until the 31st of May at Galleri Konstepidemin.
Curater Anna Lamberg.
The difference between the rich and the poor has never been so large as it is today. Countries and economies seem to exist for those who are already priviliged, and not for the whole of society. In Sweden the segregation increases clearly as a result of ethnical and social economic factors. Populistic political parties become more attractive to voters in Europé, and similar tendencies are taking place in other parts of the world. At the same time political protests grow stronger, as for example the ”Arabian spring” with demands for governments to abdicate, change of regimes, and democratic reforms. Even in other countries voices are raised, people organize themselves in human rights movements and demand alternatives, social reforms, and justice.
Crisis-Populism-Art runs by the International Group at Konstepidemin, during the fall and spring they have also driven breakfast seminars during the same title.
to read more about Crisis–Populism–Art
Galleri Konstepidemin Program 9 May
12.00 Gallery opens
13.00 Opening speech
17.00 Gallery close
19.00 Opening party in House 10 and performances by Mouad “El Haqed” Belrhouate and Khaled Harara
Mouad “El Haqed” Belrhouate
Born in 1987 in Casablanca, Mouad Berhlouate, aka L7a9d, is a young rapper who personifies Moroccan youth. A police intervention during a rap concert in 2008 made him realize the reality of censorhip in Morocco, so he created along with his friends “prisoner rap”, the only way out from this lack of freedom and dignity.
He took part in the Arab Spring in 2011, by demonstrating in the streets and participating in several concerts and artistic events. He has been sentenced three times and spent more than 20 months in prison.
Mouad Berlhouate released several albums, the last one was Walooo in 2014. He’s recognised for his work in his country but also internationally: he received the Integrity Prize from Transparency Morocco in 2012, and the Index on censorship award in London in 2015.
Khaled Harara was born 1987 in Yemen. He is a renowned Palestinian hip-hop artist who has lived as a refugee in Gaza. His texts discuss the political situation in Palestine from a humanitarian and social perspective and criticizes the lack of freedom of expression and the suffering in Palestine under the Hamas rule. In Gaza, Khaled Harara organised workshops for youth, focusing on writing texts and on different ways of expressing oneself. The workshops were banned, just like his group “Palestinian Unit” and the artist organisation that he was a member of. As a result of his artistic expression, and his participation as soldier of the PLO forces before Hamas took control of Gaza, Harara is considered an “enemy of the state”. More than once, he has been to prison.
Sunday 10th of May
13.00 Artist talk
14.00 screening of the film Good democratic failure and talk with director Birte Niederhaus.
About the film, Good democratic failure by Birte Niederhaus:
In autumn 2013, the theater play EVIL , a co-production with Die Bühne , New Africa Theatre in Cape Town and Folkteatern premiered. For various reasons the project failed. Director Birte Niederhaus has made a documentary about the process in which two South African actors met two Swedish actors and a Swedish director. The film problematizes concepts such as democracy and global capitalism, in a mix of interviews and clips from the wrecked theater project.
Hösten 2013 skulle teaterpjäsen EVIL, en samproduktion mellan Die Bühne, New Africa Theatre i Kapstaden och Folkteatern i Göteborg ha haft premiär. Men av olika anledningar gick projektet om intet. Regissören Birte Niederhaus har gjort en dokumentärfilm om processen där två sydafrikanska skådespelare mötte två svenska skådespelare och en svensk regissör. Filmen problematiserar begrepp som demokrati och global kapitalism, i en mix av intervjuer och klipp från det havererade teaterprojektet.
Filmen visas också:
Onsdag 13 maj kl 12.00
Tisdag 19 maj kl 12.00
Lördag 23 maj kl 13.00.
Filmen som är ca 40 min följs av ett samtal med medverkande.
Söndag 24 maj kl 13.00
Duty Free 2015, performance by Valentina Paraskevaidou