Lecture and panel discussion: The French Lot – Shedding Light on Swedish Colonial History

20 September, KL 13:00 - 17:00 Open arrangement

In collaboration with Public Art Agency Sweden, the biennial invites to a discussion on the role of art in shedding light on and reminding about Sweden’s colonial history and involvement in the slave trade.

When: Friday 20 September at 13.00–17.00
Where: Röda Sten Konsthall, Röda sten 1, Gothenburg
Language: English

During the period 2019–2021, GIBCA, Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art, will be inviting artists to relate to the French lot’s (Franska tomten) connection to the Swedish colonial rule of the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. In collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden, the biennial invites to a discussion on the role of art in shedding light on and reminding about Sweden’s colonial history and involvement in the slave trade. Should there be a permanent memorial at the French lot to mark the history of the place? If so, who should form such a process, and how?

The panel discussion includes artist Jeannette Ehlers, co-author of the work I Am Queen Mary in Copenhagen, produced on her own initiative; artist Eric Magassa, who is featured in this year’s biennial with a work at the French lot; Judith Wielander, curator of Visible Projects specializing in socially engaged art; Sarah Hansson, curator for Göteborg konst (Gothenburg Art) and Lotta Mossum, curator for the Public Art Agency Sweden.

The programme is a collaboration between GIBCA and Public Art Agency Sweden.