Everything is impermanent; change is inevitable. We, as part of a society, should encounter the potential problems that change can result in and defy them. Change should be seen as an opportunity to grow, not only collectively but as an individual. I am working with denizen stories, objects, artefacts and museum archive, using these as a tool to address changes and, in particular, integration - with the aim of making the whole process of this project a positive experience.
In the period of one year (July 2015-May 2016), more than one million people applied for asylum in Europe. Sweden is the European country with the highest proportion of asylum seekers per inhabitants, and Landskrona has taken more immigrants and refugees than most cities in the country. However, it is not the first time that Landskrona has sheltered refugees. Historically, Landskrona was one of only four towns in Sweden in which Jews, Chileans and people from the Balkans were allowed to reside. The Taste of The Wind, in which I worked in close collaboration with Lanskrona Foto Festival and the archive of Landskrona Museum, places the emphasis on the questions regarding tolerance and integration and on the politics of the images and how we perceive them.
Europe is changing and also getting older. It is often considered that every human becomes more conservative with the passing of time. The rise of populism, mostly right-leaning, draws strength from public opposition to mass immigration, cultural liberalisation, and the perceived surrender of national sovereignty to distant and unresponsive international bodies. The ageing process makes people more conservative.
I am finding connections between the foreigners and the locals who live in Landskrona. Using the archive of Museum of Landskrona, I want to materialise and simplify the circumstances, triggering analysis, reflection and empathy, in order to help to create a bond with the surroundings. I would like to expose the concept of impermanence and change in societal scenarios and landscape alterations in Europe.
This project has been supported by Landskrona Foto and Spanish Embassy in Sweden / Spanska Ambassaden