Södertälje Konsthall

Södertälje Konsthall



By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,



By Konstfack ▪️Södertälje konsthall,

17/03 – 21/03, 2021

17-21st of March 2021

Opening 17th of March 16:00-18:00 at Kusens Backe

Welcome to the group show Strömningar(Currents) presented by Södertälje Konsthall in collaboration with Konstfack. Twelve students at the institution of art are presenting site specific works both indoor and outdoors within the public space of Södertälje between the 17th and 21st of March 2021.

The exhibition departs from the notions of Södertälje as a port town and investigates the social and material conditions of the city – the goods passing through the port, the canal as infrastructure for global and local chains of distribution, the consequences of the harbour strike in 2019, city planning, contemporary architecture, streams of people and multi-lingualism.

The artistic practices have been on-going since October 2020 and during the time being the artists have developed their own questions in response to the city and its contexts. Through these different processes the artists have examined the methods and possibilities of public art and site specific practices. The result can be seen as an act of collective mapping of Södertälje, in relation to time, space and geography. 

The exhibition includes everything from live-painting at Uthamnen and a performative reading at Kusens Backe, to photo and video installations as well as sculptures in the harbour, canal, in a bus stop and underneath Mälarbron. 

The project has been organized and guided by Malin Arnell, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Loulou Cherinet, Henrik Andersson and Thomas Elovsson, artists teaching at Konstfack.

Participating artists: 
Alexander Bäckman, Andy Allen-Olivar, Fanny Hallgren, Jens Masimov & Malin Lin Nordström, Josse Thuresson & Karin Keisu, Leonie Dahlström, Måns Palmberg, Pontus Johansson, Sofia Runarsdotter, Towa Palovaara in collaboration with My Bengtsson.


Alexander Bäckman
The harbor out
Spray paint on the wall

As a desire to work in the field and with spray paint.

Alexander Bäckman grew up in Västerhaninge on the outskirts of Stockholm and is attending his second year at Konstfack’s bachelor’s Fine Arts program.

Andy Allen-Olivar
Kusens Backe – An electrically lit exercise loop
Surface: wood chips

Subsurface: brooding and melancholy

A recital of a short text, a wooden box containing whiskey and a hole.
25x20x10 cm

This work is dedicated to the story of Lars Peter Couse, born in the later half of the 18th century, buried on this slope that he is named after and whose consumption of strong drinks did not benefit his profession.

Andy Allen-Olivar was born in Bogotá, Colombia, raised in Oxford, England and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Fine Art, Photography and Documentary Film-making in London and then in Sweden where he now lives, studies and works. Before working in the Arts he worked in the Postal Industry.

Fanny Saga
Oil on street speakers
1×0.5 meter

A dry comment on a feeling that occurs in my body when I pass here.

Fanny Saga is in her second year of Konstfack’s bachelor’s program in Fine Art. She works with painting and film.

Jens Masimov & Malin Lin Nordström
Strandkantens Folkspa
Varying dimensions

Your body slowly slides into the water and the soft cool embraces your skin, you take a swimming stroke, two, you let the water clear your senses, you are weightless, you are one with the water, with everyone who passed here before you and everyone who will come after. The creation of the allmänning affects time and space, like an opening of places evoked by floating wood in water next to bathing senses raving of spa-like experiences. 

Is this place yours to occupy? 

An old spa resort offers its services to the public, a peoples spa by the waterside, a raft in the canal carrying everything that the residents require, watching 40 boats per day pass and seven continents, in a moment I will be gone again.

Jens Masimov (b.1993 in Hedemora) is an multimedia artist working with ritualistic distortion through mixing video, audio, sculptures and performances in spatial installations. He will graduate from the Masters program in fine art At konstfack in 2022 and have a BA(Hons) degree from The Glasgow School of Art.

Malin Lin Nordström (b. 1984, Hallstahammar) works with relational pieces, immersive experiences and installations with video, sound and text. She is interested in the common and the shared from political, social and existential perspectives. She has previously studied at Tromsø Art Academy and will graduate from the MFA Fine Arts program at Konstfack in 2022.

Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson
A non-verbal examination of language and a light blue streak
MDF, sand putty, paper pulp, schackel, plastic sheets, straps
12.7×29.1×4.5 meters

A gap runs along the middle of the bridge. The bascule is opened on demand with the exception of rush hour. Paradise alley around the corner. A non-verbal examination of language and a light blue streak is based on the different languages in Södertälje and is a sculptural examination of wounds, seams and the strength of multilingualism. The work is part of Keisus and Thuresson’s long-term project on assimilation and linguistic oppression in relation to their own mother tongues Meänkieli and Swedish Sign Language.

Karin Keisu (b.1995, Tornedalen) and Josse Thuresson (b.1992, Stockholm) are a duo who work artistically and curatorially with language, collective processes and narratives from the margins. Their work centers learning and poetic interruptions through text, performativity, film and installation. They have previously studied at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Leonie Dahlström
the path to Maren
Individually made reliefs casted in concrete
30x3x720 cm

With my tactile tiles I imitate the citys strategies to lead. They extend the already existing paths streaming through the city centre. As well as being a physical guide for some, they form islands to draw attention to changes in the architecture, for all.

Leonie Dahlströms processes often starts in found objects or structures as catalysts. They contain questions, regarding function of structures and what their agenda could be. Exploring the shape can be a way of clarifying these questions. By using repetition as a method of both clarifying and abstracting structures, the idea of it expands.

Måns Palmberg
The construction of the work will take place on site, starting Monday 15 March.

During a lecture, I heard about a vision to inform the future, as well as plans to take care of and preserve what already exists in the city. Something that was described as Södertälje’s place dna. That became my focus. To work like them, based on their aspirations. My work can take many material forms, but central is the imagination in collaboration with my previous experiences. A desire to process and take care of something important.

Måns Palmgren is in his second year of Konstfack’s bachelor’s program in Fine Art.

Pontus Johansson
photo and text in the exhibition map

trampa vatten
photo, google street view and text in the exhibition map

google street view and text in the exhibition map

ensam under tall
picture and text in the exhibition map

wood, brass sheet, screws and ratchet straps
20x20x20 cm

text in the exhibition map
30 minutes

A series of art works examining industrial landscapes and transactions of the city through the container tracks in the harbour. From there the different pieces further examine tracks, cartography and non-human presence in and through different spaces in Södertälje.

Pontus’ upbringing on a small dairy farm, together with an interest in botany shapes his viewpoints and in turn his artistic practise and research. He works mainly with text; venturing into sculpture, installation and performance.

Sofia Runarsdotter
Such fragility must break
Photography, road salt and text installed in a bus stop
175 x 118 cm

A bus stop in Södertälje, where normally consumer aimed information boasts, shows this piece of text and photography.

Such fragility must break is a poem and a photograph that takes place at the Mälar bridge, but really is about the salt stock in the harbour. Or about wrath, to not get killed in traffic and a lost pair of mittens. The bus stop: a place of waiting for a ride, a stop between rides, is in itself an installation but also a democratic space for public art.

Sofia Runarsdotter (b 1982, Robertsfors) has worked as a documentary photographer for 15 years in Sweden and abroad. She is working with themes such as gaze, time, landscape and identity. Her practise includes photography, video and text.

Towa Palovaara i samarbete med My Bengtsson
Panta Rhei
Container, video installation, sculpture (cardboard, wood, glue, oil paint, sunflower oil)
3×2.5 meters

A created space inside one container. A space that reaches from the port of Södertälje to the port of Trondheim. The space is about the flow of people and also exporting and importing connected in time. After exhibiting in Södertälje the container will be transported to Trondheim and exhibited there.

Towa Palovaara works primarily with sculpture but also painting. Your own practice is from an investigation of materials linked to nature. She is interested in the interaction between the hard and the soft. The work in the studio switches between laying and removal.

Towa likes the idea of creating something that brings to mind nature, without it necessarily need to recreate existing things.

The exhibition is done in collaboration with My Bengtsson, who is in her second year at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. My Bengtsson works with the theme of human interaction with nature, the theme of landscape and examines the attraction to the untamed. Projections allow new rooms to be built that expand physical space.