Works / Nutopia- New City Tegen2 & Studio44

NUTOPIA – NEW CITY gathers artists, architects, and researchers to explore the question of constructing a new city for some of the world’s many refugees. A starting point is the realization that flight and migration predate communities and cities. Participating artists:

Muhammad Ali, Heba Y. Amin, Maria Backman, Kalle Brolin, Nils Claesson, Felice Hapetzeder, John Huntington, Jakob Krajcik, Kristina Müntzing, Cecilia Parsberg, Erik Pauser, Paula Urbano, Nina Wedberg Thulin

The utopian, the fictionally imagined place of nowhere, is an important source of energy for political imagination, but is also seen as the path towards authoritarian experiments and an overly optimistic ordering of life. Today, when the absence of hopeful, egalitarian, and radical visions is deafening, large-scale investments are still being made – with the relocation of Kiruna and emerging battery cities. Thus, the line between utopianism and pragmatic realism is drawn differently depending on whether commercial or humanitarian driving forces rule.

But if the utopian is the escape of thought (and art) from a dystopian reality, the act of fleeing war and oppression can be seen as both the most necessary and utopian of actions, in the movement towards something unknown, perhaps better. Seen this way, the refugee is the essential community builder.

The exhibition is created through a process involving 12 artists that has created many new works never before showcased. In the exhibition are also booklets created by students in the Master course  “NUTOPIA: Rethinking architecture and migration,” a collaboration between KTH Architecture and the Museum of Forgetting.

Press Opening: Thursday 22/2, 14-16, starting at TEGEN2.

Opening: Friday 23/2,  TEGEN2: 17-20 and Studio 44: 17-22.

Talk: Saturday 9/3, at 12-16. Studio 44: artists and researchers reflect on the question of a new city. With Patricia Lorenzoni, Peo Hansen, Susanne Urban and Martin Börjeson.

The exhibition is curated by Erik Berggren and Ida Rödén with the support of the Swedish Arts Council. For more information, press preview, interviews: Erik Berggren, 073 656 92 88.

Opening hours:

Studio 44, Thursday-Friday 12-18, Saturday-Sunday 12-17

TEGEN2, Thursday-Friday 13-17, Saturday-Sunday 13-17.

Studio 44 – Tjärhovsgatan 44

TEGEN2 – Bjurholmsgatan 9


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