The Immigrant Files
|Democracy Is Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny, 2009|
|Commissioned by Konsthall C and produced during a IASPIS residency, Stockholm|
|Installation view at Konsthall C, Stockholm|
What happens when democracy is taken for granted?
several decades the "Swedish Model" has had the reputation of
being ideal, but what is the state of democracy in Sweden today? The
Immigrant Files: Democracy is Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny, approaches
this and other challenging questions in a two-part project composed of
a book and a video installation based on interviews with 8 Latin American
immigrants residing in Sweden, who through their work actively fight discrimination
and xenophobia based on ethnicity, race, religious beliefs gender and/or
sexual orientation within contemporary Swedish society.
|The Book (To download a free PDF Copy (4.6MB) click here)|
The fully illustrated 192-page, bilingual (Swedish/English) book The Immigrant Files: Democracy is Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny contains an introduction by University of Lund sociologist Diana Mulinari and interviews with Miguel Benito (The Immigrant Institute, Borås), Joanna Castro (Information Officer at Zenit, Stockholm), Luis Adolfo Conde Costas (Sociologist), Carlos Díaz (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights), Tigran Feiler (http://www.colombianatverket.se), Juan Fonseca (former M.P. for Social Democracy and director, Diskrimineringsbyrån, Stockholm), Pablo Leiva (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) and Karla López (former M.P. for the Green Party).
The video installation is a spatial presentation composed of several narrative sequences drawn from the interviews and from images filmed throughout Stockholm, Borås, Gothemburg, Visby, and Fåro Island.
Please click on the names of the interviewees in red below to watch edited versions of the video interviews as they are presented within the installation.
|Miguel Benito, The Immigrant Institute, Borås|
|Juan Fonseca, former M.P. for Social Democracy and director, Diskrimineringsbyrån, Stockholm.|
|Karla López, former M.P. for the Green Party.|
|Luis Adolfo Conde Costas, Sociologist.|
|Carlos Díaz, The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.|
|Joanna Castro, Information Officer at Zenit, Stockholm.|
|Tigran Feiler, www.colombianatverket.se|
|Carlos Motta på Konsthall C, Stockholm, Dagens Nyheter, February 20, 2009 by Milou Allerholm|
|Demokrati på riktigt, Svenska Dagbladet, February 20, 2009|
|Mörk bild av den svenska modellen, Aftonbladet, January 27, 2009 by Petter Lindgren|
|Närkemp med demokratin, Pastan.nu, January 22 by Calle Paulia|
|Carlos Motta undersöker den svenska demokratin, kulturstan.se, January 28, 2009|
The Immigrant Files: Democracy is Not Dead, it Just Smells Funny was produced with the support of Iaspis and the Swedish Arts Council, in collaboration with Bokförlaget Atlas. It is part of the program of Konsthall C, which focuses on the Swedish welfare state and how it is changing.