Inside stories

Some things are mostly kept within. What reaches the outside world is filtered by matter, space and time, and interpreted by the experience of the observer. Inside stories are by nature mostly ambiguous and some remain secrets untold.

Living isolated can with time create an illusory experience where the outside world suddenly becomes a mirror of ones inner world. Ones outlook becomes inseparable from ones internal representation of reality.

“Insula” is the Latin origin of “island” and “isolation”. Gotland is situated in the Baltic Sea, isolated by water. The experience of our separated self emerges through the “insular cortex” of the brain. The isolated earth is suspended in infinite space.

The local perspective and the global within, inside stories told by three artists that live or have lived on Gotland.


Maria Lilja

In “Tvillingväg” (Twin Road), Maria Lilja turned a piece of land in the parklands of Görväln castle into two paths that appear identical at a first glance. Reflections and symmetry are common within architecture. Nature on the other hand has a capacity of endless variation and creates uniqueness.

In a time when our freedom can be perceived as increasingly limited, we often hear that the options are endless. But if all options are alike or if we are unable to grasp the consequences of our choices, what freedom do we really possess?

In Maria Lilja's works, we face inherent contradictions. What looks like simple choices at first, is made complex and transformed into something that are likely to create confusion as opposed to clarity.



Maria Lilja, “Twinroad”, nature installation 2013



Maria Lilja, “Doubling”, performance 2013



Maria Lilja, “It's possible, don't use slaves!”, mixed media 2012



Maria Lilja, “Cutting Up”, mixed media 2012




C. Anders Wallén

C. Anders Wallén's photographs are direct and straight on the target rather than ambiguous. They seem to be dealing with what is. Old sculptures are wrapped in plastic material for protection against exhaust. The “Voidoffice” awaits for someone to take the seat. The stop sign is stopping us. Maybe it's the direct to the speech that leaves room for emotions like anger, discomfort, indifference or even resignation.

The photographs show physical environments empty of people that can represent human conditions. We are facing ourselves in a distorting mirror. Is it desirable or even possible to live in this world that we created?



C. Anders Wallén, “Untitled”



C. Anders Wallén, “voidOffice”



C. Anders Wallén, “Plant”



C. Anders Wallén, “No”



Karin Landin Larsson

The everyday objects that we surround ourselves with have a profound meaning in Karin Landin Larsson’s paintings. They become important and meaningful through the memories they carry. Symbols and signs together with what could be read as visualised flashbacks form a map to understand and move into an internal landscape.

We are invited to see, to become observers, looking out of windows. The curtain hangs discretely at the edge of our view. But is it an external or internal reality we are looking at? Is the curtain there for us to pull out in front of what we do not want to see?


Karin Landin Larsson, “Studio Window”, 2011



Karin Landin Larsson, “The Beginning”, 2012



Karin Landin Larsson, “Walk the Line”, 2012



Karin Landin Larsson, “Top Notch”, 2012


Mona Malmström

Mona Malmström is an artist/curator based in Visby who takes an active part in Gocart Gallerys management and operations.



Gocart Gallery

Gocart Gallery is an artist run gallery in Visby. Our aim is to show contemporary art. The gallery also serves as a vital cultural focal point for both members and guests.

Gocart Gallery initiates and encourages cooperation and exchanges among local, national and international artists, collectives and organisations.



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Something else, somewhere else

The artists chosen for ”the Alternative Art Guide ” I have come across in my work with art exhibitions in Östergötland, Sweden. I have selected them, however, since they, in their lives as well as within their artistic practices, reject in different ways the categories local or global, and thereby allow us to think again about this dichotomy and its relevance or irrelevance in art today. They also represent quite different genres and forms of expression, yet speaks to an ongoing interest in the intersection of art and politics.

Kristina Muntzing

Kristina Muntzing is a Swedish artist that has during the last years shifted base between Gothenburg, Scania, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, and London.  Her work has often dealt with issues of belonging, as for example her ”Bastard flags” or little figurines of ”New Swedes”. Recently she has created pieces in the series ”Mapping Panther Politics”  that, in themselves, draw a line across time and geographies and thus refutes any simple notions of us and them, local or global or then and now.  The upshot to this series was a group of young activists in a small poor urban area in the outskirts of Gothenburg – Biskopsgården – who had read and learned about The Black Panther Party and their community based mobilisation in the 1960’s and 1970’s USA. The young activists in Biskopsgården decided to open up a branch of this organisation. Kristina and her artistic collaborator, Kalle Brolin, got inspired by these young activists.

Kristina Muntzing, from the series ‘Mapping Panther Politics’

Kristina Muntzing, from the series ‘Mapping Panther Politics’

Kristina Muntzing, from the series ‘Mapping Panther Politics’

Kristinas poster-like collage are made up of thin paper ribbons weaved into images that mix slogans from black activism of the 1960´s with images of present day Swedish poor urban areas. The ribbons extend like uncut warp, or communication wires, from the images, underlining the time- and space transcending quality of political solidarity that she portray and/or perform. What at first looks like an artistic bridging of separate incidents of activism, is in fact a reworking of a mind boggling actual connection  –  in which, for example, Bobby Seales comes today to Biskopsgården to give May 1st address and young people in Gothenburgs’ suburbs are inspired by the words of Eldridge Cleaver. In this way Mûntzings’ work tells us something about how emancipatory political articulations are born in a specific setting and context, yet aspire towards something else, which also, as it turns out, can be, somewhere else. It transcends the distinction between the particular and the universal and reminds us that no meaningful political vision has been articulated in nowhere.


Saad Hajo

Saad Hajo is a Syrian born political cartoonist with a long experience of drawing for newspapers in France, Lebanon and Egypt and so forth. Today he lives in Norrköping, yet is still actively involved in the political cartoonist culture of the Arabic World as he on a weekly bases sends his work to the Lebanon paper As Safir and the web-paper 24 based in Abu Dhabi, for which he is also editor of the political cartoon section.

The satirical drawing, belongs to one of the oldest forms of art, and political commentary. It is often graspable without any particular language skill – hence universal, yet sparked by (g)local ignitions in politics. During the Arabic spring and the war in Syria, Saad has been sending out a constant stream of drawings commenting on the development.

Saad Hajo

Saad Hajo

Some of his art took a direct part in the Arabic Spring, as with a cartoon of the former Tunisian dictator Ben Ali. Made in Norrköping and published in a Lebanon newspaper, it was quickly transferred by activists to a large sheet and then carried by demonstrators in the streets of Tunis in january 2011. This was important for several reasons.  Not least political. However, from a viewpoint of the current development of contemporary art it is a thoughtworthy irony that this old ”simple” daily art form manages (and has always) to do that which is such a strong desire in contemporary art today. Namely, to break out of the institutions, hit the street, partake in and inspire political energy, and, in doing all that, being also happily oblivious of the categories ”original” or ”copy.”

Saad Hajo, ‘Ben Ali’


Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff

Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff comes from Iceland, but lives and works in Norrköping, Sweden. Her works are conceptual, idea-based, and challenging in their aestethically sketchy, yet, auestere expressions. She works with different forms and media:  photo, film, installations and performance. Her form of interactivity, one might say, forces us to activate our minds. She does not however only trigger intellectual motions within, but also strenuous emotional reactions that demands to be resisted or reflected upon. She does this by addressing hidden or petrified everyday norms, gender stereotypes, or the normative concerns facing the immigrant that tries to navigate through the ”integration” process in to Sweden.

Her work often speaks to the notion of nakedness. ”Staging Dance”, a set of photographs with herself as model, displayes a kind of dressed up striptease that gently stirs sexual and social prejudice and imaginations. The model seems to be unhappily ”making love to the camera” while the camera/viewer cannot seem to love her back at all. The dressed up figure, with her ugly-cute garb  that forbids, in spite of her efforts, any associations to glamour, reflects back a misogynist and class-flavoured aestethics.  In the process of viewing the images the source of the prejudiced reading is increasingly unsecured.

Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff, ‘Staging Dance’

Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff, ‘Staging Dance’

In the film ”Irrational Economic Behaviour” she explores the meaning of skin, and a rather crazy idea of creating a suit out of human skin. Annoyingly unworkable, she hits several keys that speaks to the trend to demand of art to be more profitable and growth generating as well as to the latent fascism of a fashion industry merged with plastic surgery (which is in fact not at all irrational as a business idea). This film is also a projection board for ideas about identity. Just like skin.  If we unthink it we all pretty much look the same under it. Skin is the organic interface to the world and others, reminding both of our individuality and its fragility.

Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff, ‘Irrational Economic Behaviour’


Erik Berggren

Erik Berggren is one of the founders and curators of the Museum of Forgetting.  He works otherwise at the University of Linköping, Sweden,  on REMESO  – The Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society –  with teaching, editing and communication. At the Institute he has done research on right wing populism in Denmark and worked with various disseminating projects such as for example the film series Migra Movies in collaboration with the Museum of Work in Norrköping, Sweden. He works  also since many years irregularly as a social and cultural critic on a freelance basis, writing in Swedish press. Erik has a BA in social science from Uppsala University, a diploma from Poppius School of Journalism in Stockholm, an MA in Social Science from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA.

The Museum of Forgetting

The Museum of Forgetting is a nomadic platform for art exhibitions, critical reflection and discussion based in Norrköping, Sweden. We have since 2007 addressed the Iraq war, America inside, Arabic cartoons and discussed the relationship between fact and fiction in art and politics. We start out from questions relating to the costs and rewards of social and cultural construction of memory and forgetting.

Over the years we have collaborated with international and Swedish artists such as Santiago Sierra (Spa), Björn Melhus (Ger), Karen Land Hansen (Den), Erik Pauser (Swe), Coco Fusco (USA), Dror Feiler (Swe), Saad Hajo (Syr/Swe), Kalle Brolin (Swe), Kristina Müntzing (Swe), Daniel Peltz (USA), Ewa Einhorn (Swe), Jeuno Kim,( Swe/South Korea), Johanna Billing (Swe), Sahar Burhan (Syr), Gonzalo Frasca (Uru), Maria Friberg (Swe) and many others.

The Museum of Forgetting is run by Erik Berggren and Kosta Economou


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