X I have apparently received a 10-year work grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. X Performance at Havremagasinet in Boden, 16/10 2021: a live recording of a voiceover for I am Unquenchable. The text for the voiceover is a collage of quotes incorporated into a letter from a blacklisted coalminer addressing his newborn son.Fortsätt läsa ”Latest News”
(Sv: Barnens demo) As part of a research project, 120 schoolkids from 5th grade participated in a demonstration through the city streets of Ängelholm. All their demands were painted as individual words, one word on each sign, so that the demands could only be formed collectively. Later, the kids met up with the city chairmanFortsätt läsa ”Kids Demo (2021)”
(Sv: Jag är osläcklig) Unending loop of children being lowered into a dark mining shaft. In place of a narrators voice-over, the video is accompanied by a live reading of quotes from various texts incorporated into a letter. The original letter is written by a coalminer who was blacklisted after taking part in a strikeFortsätt läsa ”I am Unquenchable (2021)”
(Sv: Jag är djup inlärning) A group portrait of children from a mining village in Scania. The children are preparing to premiere a play about the child bride of the King under the Mountain, a girl who was abducted and forced to live the rest of her life underground. Some of these same children willFortsätt läsa ”I am Deep Learning (2021)”
(Sv: Jag är bergtagen) An opera played out on two monolithic mobile phones. Mining companies colonising and exploiting human relationships and reproduction. A photograph of children in a Scanian mining village rehearsing a play about the child bride of the King under the Mountain; children of unwed mothers used as slave labour in the coalFortsätt läsa ”I am Spirited Away (2020)”
(Sv: Jag är kommen) Bunraku dolls with animated eyes and eerie doll handlers in sugarbeet fields and in castle interiors. Parallell portraits: survivors of Nazi concentration camps who were used for labour in the sugarbeet fields of Scania in 1945; Nazi war criminals smuggled out of Germany who were hidden away in castles in Scania.
(Sv: Jag är utan titel) A performance lecture and comparative image analysis. Examining the definition of sculpture, and whether the various factors in the definition could be applied to a slag heap resting on top of the largest coal mine in Sweden.
(Sv: Jag är Solen) Stage performance with narrator, gospel choir, and double slideshow. Cultural expressions of the workers at the coal mines and the sugar factories, like their paintings, their poems and their songs, become expressions of their struggle for emancipation, and are subsequently colonised by the companies. Culture becomes an instrument of control, asFortsätt läsa ”I am the Sun (2018)”
(Sv: Jag är Skåne) A film edited by placing digital tablets on a conveyor belt. The tablets contain film clips, slideshows and images from two industries which have given form to the inner and outer landscape of Scania: the coal mines and the sugar factories. The film maps out factual and associative connections between theFortsätt läsa ”I am Scania (2016)”
(Sv: isolator) Porcelain figure produced by worker at the Ifö factory, with stolen raw material, on stolen time. The figure portrays a resting worker, contemplating the form of an electrical isolator. in the video, the figurine is rolled past the isolators in the factory storage space, in an endless loop. The Many of the migrantFortsätt läsa ”Isolator (2020)”
(Sv: Phantom Zone Projector II) Amir Heidari, smuggler of refugees, was filmed and interviewed in a Swedish prison, talking about a Europe without walls. A performance piece describes how various parties through the years have tried to influence different versions of the filmed material. Part of a series of videos on the lives of imagesFortsätt läsa ”Phantom Zone Projector II (2020)”
(Sv: Sunshine Socialist Cinema) Solarpowered, socialist outdoor cinema showing art videos to initiate political discussion with invited audiences. Main facility located in small village in northwest of Scanian countryside; touring in collaboration with various institutions, such as Moderna Museet, Statens Konstråd, Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, and more. Initiated in 2012, still ongoing. LearnFortsätt läsa ”Sunshine Socialist Cinema”
Contact: email Kalle Brolin is an artist and a writer. He works with video installation and performance, in large scale and research-heavy projects. A series of works concerns the effect of two industries, coal mining and sugar factories, upon the inner and outer landscape of Scania (Skåne). These works have been shown in institutions suchFortsätt läsa ”About”