The "visitors wall" at the open studio at the refugee quarters in Boliden

Documentation from project (C-print, 2003)

Guldgatan 8

 

Project 2003.

An open studio at the refugee quarters in Boliden

Text by Knutte Wester

It is 2003, in Boliden. I persuade the municipal housing company to lend me a house where I will run an open studio for a year. At the same time, the half deserted village is being populated by 400 asylum seekers.

 

I write, perhaps naively, a statement that I, by opening the studio, want to offer people a tool for them to make a mark in the world. ”The visitors’ initiatives, experiences and creativity are the motor in this project, driving it forward. Art offers an alternative language; a way to gather, gain insight and integrate.”

 

The year in Boliden results in a number of projects: workshops, film shoots, music recordings, drawing classes, storytelling evenings, photography courses, letter film projects and music videos.

Documentation from project (C-print 2003) 

Above: Activity in the studio

Below: Documentation from music project

Below: MA exhibition at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

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Knutte Wester is Represented by Gallery Andersson/Sandström