Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 12-18, Saturday 11-15
“You are illiterate in the way leaves are illiterate: they do not read, they are there to be read; and if they are properly read, they create their own literature.”
The quote, which belongs to the poet Derek Walcott, can be found in the script of artist Santiago Mostyn’s latest installation, Dream One, produced for Södertälje konsthall. In the central video, the artist meets digital and reënacted versions of Walcott before his death, with the poet telling a story about a “douenne,” a child-like, folkloric creature from Trinidad known for its capacity to lure children deep into the forest. As an artist Santiago Mostyn is well-known for his ability to create politically explosive narratives through an associative, almost lyrical, style of visual storytelling. Dream One is no exception, borne by deep political and ethical dimensions that touch upon subjects such as rootlessness, home and that which remains hidden, perhaps even secret. Images are charged with language and language is charged through image and narration. In Dream One the gallery becomes an archipelago to another world, and a site for deep listening.
Quote: Derek Walcott’s essay The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory.
12 November: Artist talk Santiago Mostyn + Samuel Girma + performance by Eek-A-Mouse
Talk with Samuel Girma, Santiago Mostyn and Joanna Sandell: 13:00
Special performance by Eek-a-Mouse: 14:00
For the last day of Santiago Mostyn’s solo exhibition at Södertälje konsthall, we invite you to join us for an in depth conversation with the artist about the film and installation Dream One. The talk will be held with curator, activist and community organizer Samuel Girma, and hosted by Joanna Sandell, the director of Södertälje Konsthall. After the talk, stay for a special live performance by the legendary musician Eek-A-Mouse. Not to be missed!
Come early to get a chance to see the exhibition before the talk and performance.
Santiago Mostyn’s practice foregrounds narrative entanglements in pursuit of new understandings of place, both in a cultural and psychic sense. Santiago has long been interested in the interplay of music, narrative, and the embodied self, with works manifesting as films, exhibitions, and curatorial projects.
Samuel Girma is a Stockholm based film and art curator, as well as a community organiser, activist and co-founder of the antiracist, intersectional, and feminist platform Black Queers Sweden.
Eek-A-Mouse is a Jamaican reggae musician. He caused a sensation in the dancehall scene with his humorous and original style, and was one of the most unique reggae talents to emerge in the 1980s. The talk will be held in English.