BACK TO THE PROMISED LAND – AN EVENING ON MIGRATION & TIME

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Welcome to an evening around the complex topics of migration and time, where we look for other narratives then “the crisis” and simplified representations of refugees. Around the residency of Ljubjana based organisation MASKA and their current work Back to the Promised Land, we have invited the artists and writers Meira Ahmemulic, Samira Motazedi and Carl-Oscar Sjögren to think and talk together with us. All of these artists and writers are, although in different ways, working with migration as open processes, and they all uncover the fragile narratives, dreams and identities that are produced around migration, not just as a temporary trauma, but over longer timespans. And by doing this, the political and economical structures framing these individual stories seem to appear in new light. Can we start another conversation on migration from here?

Program:

19.00:
A presentation of the ongoing work of MASKA, currently in residency at Skogen. In their work Back to the Promised Land that will premiere in Ljubljana in december they explore some personal stories relating to waves of migration from the Balkans from the 60s up until now, and what narratives and stories that is produced over time in this complex landscape of migrating and returning.

Back to the Promised Land (working title) is a project about the painful closeness of a foreign country and home, i.e. about foreignness and familiarity. Is your home truly where the evening news that you watch comes from (as argued by the Macedonian dramatist Goran Stefanovski)? Where is your home if you have lived abroad for a long time – if you “live” a foreign country?

Participating artists from Maska: Mare Bulc, Miha Blažič – N’Toko, Tjaša Ferme, Mirel Knez, Damir Leventić and Tina Dobnik

20.00
Vegetarian pizza is served.

20.30
Showing of Meira Ahmemulic videos: “Ett språk måste vinna” & “Foreign Land”.

A conversation between Maska, Meria Ahmemulic, Samira Motazedi & Carl-Oscar Sjögren/The non existent Center

The conversation will be in English.

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Maska is a nonprofit organization for publishing, production (performances, interdisciplinary and visual artworks), education and research. It is organized into three sections: Maska Publications, Maska Productions and Maska Symposium. Maska’s theoretical, critical and artistic activities deal with contemporary art and theory, research, experimental performing practices, interdisciplinary art and critical theory.

Migration, class and language are central themes in the work of Meira Ahmemulic. In several works, she has been interested in the first generation of migrant workers and their children and grandchildren, the so called second and third generation immigrants. Notions that says something about how difficult it is to “become Swedish”. Meira often works with installations that include essay films, texts and objects.

Samira Motazedi is born and raised in Iran, where she studied economics. After being sentenced to death for crimes against the Islamic regime’s regulatory system, she came to Sweden and applied for asylum in 2012, an application was rejected in May 2013. Since then, she has fought for the Migration Board to reconsider her case while writing about the Swedish asylum process, mainly in blog format in the journal Glänta, but also in other media.

Carl-Oscar Sjögren is one of the initiators of The non existent Center (TNEC), an art group based in Gothenburg and Ställberg. The activities at Ställbergs gruva can be described as artistic social inquiry. The group works with methods and tools from, among others, performance art, writing and design and takes on the critical questions of our time: the trilogy ”2070” deals with money, migration and sense of home. It is a work based on a documentary exploration of the industrial municipality of Ljusnarsberg in Sweden.

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Language: English

Dinner: Yes, a vegetarian dinner is served

Price: we accept a volontary donation for food and drinks.

Bild: Foreign Land, Meira Ahmemulic.