Relief of ship being lifted by a man.

Possible Monuments? The role of art in making Swedish colonial history publicly visible

Artists and writers have been invited to respond to Franska tomten, a site in Gothenburg harbour with connections to Sweden’s colonial past in the Caribbean. The digital seminar addresses the need of remembrance and memorialization in honour of the victims to this history and its contemporary consequences. The artists’ proposals will be made available online in advance of the seminar.

Organised in collaboration by Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) and Public Art Agency Sweden, the seminar is part of the biennial’s ongoing engagement with Franska tomten and alternative historiography.

Photo credit: detail from Wilhelm Hennings’s work on a facade at Franska tomten, Packhusplatsen, Gothenburg. Photo Malin Griffiths.

Online seminar and artistic responses at

Contributors: Aria Dean, Ayesha Hameed, Daniela Ortiz, Fatima Moallim, Hanan Benammar, Jimmy Robert, Morgan Quaintance, Runo Lagomarsino, Ylva Habel, in dialogue with Lisa Rosendahl, curator GIBCA 2021.