This summer, Röda Sten Konsthall presents four artists, each with their own distinctly different expression and position, but with a shared feminist approach. The exhibition displays their versatile artistic practices through performance, dance, drawing, sculpture and installations in all exhibition rooms. The common theme stems from the artists’ interest in how identities are created through different social and political constructs, and how heteronormative notions can be transcended by practicing art and freedom.
Röda Sten Konsthall invites you to the opening of the Summer Exhibition, a day filled with performances, exchange, and festivities. The opening day starts with welcoming words by director Mia Christersdotter Norman and an introduction by curator Amila Puzić. After the opening ceremony, you are invited to take part in newly commissioned performances by Nontokozo Tshabalala, Mona Namér and Johanna Fröjd.
1 p.m. Opening ceremony
1.15 p.m. iNkululeko the performance (Freedom the performance) by Nontokozo Tshabalala, and sound design by Samar Jabri
1.30 p.m. Circular (E) Motion performance by Mona Namér and Johanna Fröjd
2 p.m. Artist talk with Maja Gunn, Josefin Lindskog, Mona Namér and Nontokozo Tshabalala
iNkululeko the performance (Freedom the performance) by Nontokozo Tshabalala is an ushering and calling of those who want to be free. Accompanied by experimental audio created by Samar Jabri, the artist would like to take you through the inconceivable dimensions between the present and the imagined future to which they travel. Merging versions of struggle songs, vibrations, humming and sounds of possibility yet to be created. Tshabalala wishes to hold your hand as we embark on this journey of exploration together.
Circular (E) Motion by Mona Namér and Johanna Fröjd, interprets impulses, polarities and being in the moment. The work also explores how harmony is essential for healing and rebirth of both nature and humanity.
Performance program commission by Röda Sten Konsthall.
Nontokozo Tshabalala is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, Afrofuturist, speaker and designer currently based in Malmö. Born and raised in South Africa, she uses her work as an avenue for posing questions about her identity and the black experience wherever she goes. Inspired by her nephew, Siyamthanda (Ncufi), she writes and creates from a place of curiosity and instinct, often using colour, collage, and poetry to express her thoughts. Tshabalala is the co-founder of Mam’Gobozi Design Factory, a design studio celebrating the Afrikan identity through creativity.
Within her practice, she also co-curated her first exhibition called Neither Here Nor There (2020), showed at Konsthallen Blå Stället and has contributed to Facebook Africa and The Africa Centre (London). Her work has been shown at 3:e Våningen (GIBCA Extended), Malmö Konsthall, and the Museum of World Culture (Gothenburg).
Maja Gunn lives and works in Stockholm. In her art, she portrays and explores fashion and textiles in relation to norms, politics and performative practices – with gender and sexuality as key elements. Firmly based in critical theory of culture, Maja Gunn examines her own visual, written, physical and/or textile materials and her own actions, in order to give them political dimensions and meanings. Maja Gunn’s works have been shown at several museums, including Fresno Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Museum of Pop Culture, Nationalmuseum, Röhsska Museet, Textilmuseet, Norrbottens Museum, ArkDes and Museum Anna Nordlander. In 2017–2022, she was a professor at HDK-Valand Campus Steneby. Since April 2022, Maja Gunn is a professor at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
Josefin Lindskog graduated from the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and Stockholm University of the Arts. Lindskog works introspectively with drawings in large formats and sculptural objects. Her pieces reflect situations and events that take place in the inner and outer world. In her practice, she processes experiences of frustration, powerlessness and living in a female body. Lindskog´s approach is profoundly personal and political. Her previous exhibitions include the Museum of Drawing in Laholm, Härnösands Konsthall, Katrineholms Konsthall and Länsmuseet Gävleborg. She is based in Stockholm and works as a set designer and art educator
Mona Naméris a Moroccan-Swedish dancer, choreographer, and creative director from Gothenburg, based in Stockholm. She has built a strong foundation in Hip Hop and House dance, gleaning inspiration, education, and a physical vocabulary from around the world. Namér spent a year and a half honing her practice at Broadway Dance Center in New York, followed by several years of travelling between Paris, Johannesburg, London, and New York.
Through movement, Namér explores identity, human behaviour, surrealism and rituals. She is active in different artistic fields such as contemporary dance and film productions, theatre, directing, teaching, and commercial work. This includes collaborations with IKEA, VOLVO, Bonniers Konsthall, Afropunk Festival, La Villette in Paris, and Gothenburg Opera, among others.