Runo Lagomarsino participates in the online seminar "Possible Monuments? The role of art in making Swedish colonial history publicly visible" 26.11.2020 at 16:00 CET with Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Browse to get a first look at the project and follow the conversation, when Runo tells us more about his proposal.

Organised in collaboration by Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and Statens konstråd, the seminar is part of the biennial's ongoing engagement with Franska tomten and alternative historiography.

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'Considering recent actions directed at public statues with colonial connotations, as well as the underdiscussed Swedish involvement in colonial trade, the seminar addresses the need of remembrance and memorialization in honour of the victims of colonialism and its contemporary consequences.

How can we open existing monuments to re-contextualization? What role can art play in making Swedish colonial history publicly visible? How can new monuments, be it material or immaterial, trace past to present? How should a potential future commissioning process be conducted to avoid reproducing existing structures of inequality and exclusion? Is there indeed such a thing as a possible monument, and if so: for whom and by whom should such monuments be made?

Since 2019, the biennial has initiated a series of seminars and artistic commissions on the topic of the visual representation in public space of Sweden’s colonial past and its contemporary consequences. For the seminar artists and writers have been invited to respond to Franska tomten, a site in Gothenburg harbour with connections to Sweden's colonial activities in the Caribbean' - Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art