Aghili/Karlsson (Nasim Aghili and Björn Karlsson) are an artist duo based in Stockholm whose work is in dialogue with experiences of living in various forms of exile and being exposed to authoritarian dehumanisation. Consequently, their works often assumed the form of healing rituals that stage and enable mournability. The duo has collaborated for 13 years, the last five of which primarily in collaborative projects that explore/practise radical gardening, civil disobedience and the aesthetic of sisterhood – often in collaboration with activists and collectives whose works are based in various forms of decolonising practices.
Part of Art is Happening
Art is Happening was a government initiative that ran for three years, 2016–2018, and produced public art with a focus on the Million Programme housing areas, as part of the framework of the government commission Taking Place. Public Art Agency Sweden’s brief was to produce examples of what public art can be, develop methods for citizen participation and disseminate knowledge on the result of the initiative.