University of Gothenburg

PARSE DIALOGUE: On Migration & Heritage, Institutions & Social Justice

Talk 24/11 17:30-19:30

Venue: HDK

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PARSE DIALOGUE: On Migration & Heritage, Institutions & Social Justice

Friday 24th, 17.30 – 19.30
Language: English

Note: Includes a screening of Same Time Next Day by Emily Fahlén & Ahmet Ögüt

Emily Fahlén (Tensta konsthall & The Silent University Stockholm)
Alessandro Petti (Professor in Architecture and Social Justice, Royal Institute of Art – Kungl. Konsthögskolan (KKH) & Decolonising Architecture Art Residency)
Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper (The Technical University of Berlin & Landesdenkmalamt)

Hosted in the café at HDK, the dialogue On Migration & Heritage, Institutions & Social Justice co-arranged by PARSE, the Centre on Global Migration and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at Gothenburg University, will address how the relation between life as such and social, cultural, political and economic barriers as produced by educational and heritage institutions in particular, can be challenged not only from the outside through civil counter-actions and independent self-organised practices, but also from within by more radical and inclusive forms of institutional practice seeking to decolonize the institutions, promoting a wider definition of social justice including nationals and non-nationals alike. The dialogue will focus on what can be done with inclusionary practices and how institutions of knowledge can support, befriend, embrace, organise, converse and ultimately act.

Invited speakers, Alessandro Petti, Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper & Emily Fahlén will begin the dialogue with short presentations followed by a screening of Same Time Next Day by Emily Fahlén & Ahmet Ögüt (2016). After the screening an open discussion will be moderated by participants of PARSE, Centre on Global Migration and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies.

Refreshments will be served. No sign up required.

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Emily Fahlén (Stockholm) works as a mediator and producer at Tensta konsthall, a center for contemporary art in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta. With collaboration as a core value and method she manages both local and international art projects, working in the borderland between the organizational, curatorial and pedagogical. Since 2013 she is the coordinator for The Silent University Stockholm; an autonomous knowledge platform by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Alessandro Petti, has spent the last decade developing an artistic, architectural and research practice, from Palestine, that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality. He co-founded Campus in Camps with Sandi Hilal, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. In 2007, with Hilal and Eyal Weizman he co-founded Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine, with the aim to combine an architectural studio and an art residency able to bring together architects, artists, activists, urbanists, film-makers, and curators to work collectively on the subjects of politics and architecture.

Prof. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, TU Berlin, holder of the 2017 2017 Humboldt Stipend Swedish-German Programme Research Awards for Scientific Cooperation, and hosted by the research cluster Curating the City within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies & the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. Prof. Dolff-Bonekämper has a long-term presence in the international and in particular central European research debate on heritage and urban heritage, and has also a unique background in a combination of theory with impressive practice. For fifteen years she had a lead position at the Landesdenkmalamt in Berlin with responsibility for the extensive heritage documentation and preservation of the city of Berlin after the demolition of the wall. Since 2005 she holds a professorship in Denkmalpflege at the Institute for urban and regional planning at the Technical university of Berlin, and has since then developed the area of expertise Denkmalpflege into a unique and significant multidisciplinary research environment with extensive teaching assignments.

About Tensta museum:
Tensta museum an ongoing research project about history and memory in Tensta, both in relation to the place and to the people who live and work there. Since 2013 Some fifty artists, architects, local associations, performers, sociologists, cultural geographers, philosophers, and other practitioners have addressed the past as well as the future in artworks, research projects, seminars, and guided walks. And it is through this that they simultaneously report on the condition of Tensta today as a concrete image of what can be described as the New Sweden — a Sweden that must be understood very differently from how it was several decades ago. This is a Sweden containing people of vastly different backgrounds, where economic and social divides are intensifying.

Same Time Next Day by Emily Fahlén & Ahmet Ögüt (2016)
By exploring the notion of a chronic temporality, this film investigates continuities and repetitions, on going processes that lack defined beginnings and ends, by considering the daily routines of the founder of a news network for the Eritrean diaspora, the industrious enthusiast behind a local women’s association, and the most famous poet of Kurdistan who smokes every waking hour. They all move in the same centre squares, linked together by bridges separating traffic. In Tensta, the largest area of the Million Dwelling Program, with more than 20,000 residents.




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