The exhibition brings together four very unlike stories with different experiences from the Chilean diaspora. In its 50-year history, Södertälje konsthall has shown many exhibitions with artists active in contexts of transition, migration, new geographical locations, or experiences from distant countries and continents. Titles such as Cuban painters, Two Belgian artists, Norrbottningar (North Bothnia´s), Young Norway, Afro Art, 5 Cubans and Immigrants exhibit can be found in a quick search the archive – this testifies to a great interest in art and culture from around – Södertälje as a place in the world.
The International Museum of Resistance exhibition in 1978 originated in solidarity with Chile – dictator Augusto Pinochet’s violence against political opponents aroused disgust and laid the foundation for an international solidarity movement, also within the field of art. Many political refugees came to Sweden because of the violence and persecution in their home country, and several of them have made a strong contribution to Swedish social and cultural life. Rolando Peréz participated in the exhibition in 1978, he came to Södertälje after the coup. Rolando Peréz has been shown in exhibitions many times and is well known to the Södertälje audience. He has worked as an artist and teacher for generations of children and adults to whom he generously shared his artistry. The installation he shows in this exhibition is a world where everyone has a place and can play, even we as visitors are attracted by the imaginative figures. Who are they? Flea market people? Materials and expressions have their origins in folk art, but the details are unexpected: ladles, bells, clogs, tools. Rolando Peréz also participated in the International Museum of Resistance 1978 – 2020 almost 50 years after the first Museum of Resistance, where Södertälje konsthall dug deep into the archive- and in this follow-up exhibition Cristian Quintero Soto also participated with a photographic work that is the basis of his artwork in this exhibition. Before the 50th anniversary of the coup on September 11, 2023, Cristian Quinteros Soto returned to Chile. Hernán Soto Gálvez, Cristian’s grandfather, disappeared in 1977 during the dictatorship in Chile. His grandmother Graciela Salinas, searched for him all over the world. In 1989, the dictatorship ended, but the maternal grandfather was still missing. From his trip home to Väsby outside Stockholm, in the fall, Cristian Quinteros Soto had material for a film in which he reunites his grandparents in a beautiful dreamlike installation that is presented in the space.
Canto General is a lended title for the exhibition from a suite of poems by the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Neruda strives to depict the entire life, culture and history of the Spanish American world from pre-Columbian times to the present in this magnificent work. Thea Olivares Widerström is currently a student at Konstfack – University of Arts, Craft and Design, and shows paintings in the exhibition. The paintings here are an attempt to let go of thought and let the body act with the brush as a framework – as we touch something holy and sacred. Camila Manuelsdotter Pino works by intertwining different mediums to portray an in-betweenness of being Latina and Swedish. She also has an interest in the power words possess and in the hidden stories we are surrounded with. In the work Thank you to my present immigrant father, Camila Manuelsdotter Pino shows how words easily displace content and become important to manifest. The work is part of Camila Manuelsdotter Pino’s search for Latin America in Sweden.
Maja-Lena Molin, Artistic Director Södertälje konsthall
Picture: From Video Chile 1973-2023
Saturday January 27 opening Canto General.
At 13 Opening and presentation of the exhibition. Camila Manuelsdotter Pino, Thea Olivares Widerström, Rolando Pérez and Cristian Quinteros Soto talk about their artworks. Maja-Lena Molin, artistic director Södertälje konsthall welcomes you.
Saturday February 3 at 13
What has happened I cannot forget-Arpilleras in exile by Cecilia Valdés and Salvador Allende- the studio of the committee.
Conversation between Anais Constantino Figueroa and Camila Manuelsdotter Pino about the traditional textile work of arpilleras and its influences in contemporary art and expression.
Anais Constantino Figueroa is curator and has delved into Cecilia Valdé’s work with the Salvador Allende committee in Södertälje, among other things. Camila Manuelsdotter Pino is one of the participating artists in the exhibition Canto General and is inspired by arpillaras as an expression and art form.
Saturday February 24 at 12 and 14
Video Chile, 1973–2023
The film program brings together artists from different generations with connections to Chile. In their works, they relate in one way or another to the memory and experiences of the coup in 1973 and to its aftermath.
The film program is curated by André Córdova Rudstedt and Ricard Estay.
Participating artists: Annie Andersson, Angela Bravo, Paola Bruna, Juan Castillo, André Córdova Rudstedt, Emma Dominguez, Ricard Estay, Gorki Glaser-Müller, Leandro Netzell Cerón, Patricio Salinas and Villiam Törngren González.
The films are shown in a program of approximately one and a half hours.
Wednesday February 28 at 14
The fight for peace and human rights
Guided tour to the public art
A guided tour to the brigade painting The Struggle for Peace and Human Rights, a permanent public work on the north bridge pillar of the site Turingebron.
Aliro Delgado Fuentealba, artist, talks about the painting.
Brigade painting is a style that developed in Latin America during the 1960s and 70s. In this painting, the writer and Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral, the poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and the singer and poet Victor Jara are depicted. Welcome to take part in the story surrounding the work that has been on the bridge pillars of the Turingebron for forty years.Made by the artists: Alira Delgado Fuentalba, Cecilia Rojas Castro, Bladimir Romero, Raúl Romero, José Cerda and Carlos Cerda.
The original was made in 1983. Renovated and re-painted in 2017.
Meeting point: Södertälje konsthall. The tour takes about 60 minutes.