A Monument Of The City To Build
2021 – Present
Project Website: www.monumentofthecitytobuild.org
Bergsjön Centrum, Part of GIBCA Extended Program, Gothenburg, September-November 2023
Flora Rika, Botaniska Trädgården, Gothenburg, July-August 2021
Artists’ Corner, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, June 2021
Pedagogical events and discussions:
The contributions have been gathered in collaboration with: Blå Stället Konsthall, Hammarkullens skolan, Dômen konstskola, Göteborgs Botaniska Trädgård, Allas Ateljé, Konstepidemin, Skolförvaltningen, Skolan Mitt i byn Nordost, University of Gothenburg/HDK-Valand (lärarutbildning department), Sandeklevsskolan, Bergsjöskolan, Rannebergsskolan, Frölunda på Linden/positivparken, Svartedalsskolan.
Kulturrådet – The Swedish Arts Council
Kulturförvaltningen, Kultur och samhällsutveckling – Göteborgs Stad
Stadsmiljöförvaltningen – Göteborgs Stad
A Monument of the City to Build is a socially engaged artistic project, exploring the politics of residentship in Gothenburg through the notion of the right to the city. In a series of pedagogical events taking place across the city, over 200 participants contributed to the project with their thoughts, reflections and proposals. Firmly situated in Gothenburg, the project investigates how successive generations of social, cultural, and financial policies have shaped the city’s development, and how this development has in turn affected the relationship between Gothenburg’s inhabitants and their city.
Placing an emphasis on intercultural meetings, the project aims to engage culturally diverse groups of children and young adults in the ongoing discussion on the right to the city, to empower them, and to help them see themselves as capable of demanding a better environment to live in. The participants engage in critical discussion in which they are encouraged to share their stories and to reflect on their lived experience in the city, while translating this conversation into a collaborative artwork. Manipulating photographs of Gothenburg collected via Google Maps, the participants create their own images and proposals of the city they want Gothenburg to become – creating a monument to the future instead of the past. In parallel, the project is mapping the public perception of the city.
The project draws from a number of theoretical sources, such as the works Henri Lefebvre, Mark Purcell, and David Harvey to synthesise a comprehensive and multifaceted understanding of the right to the city. This understanding forms the basis of the workshops and informs the participants’ discussions. Challenging the neoliberal paradigm, urban space is approached as common space shaped by collective action, rather than the domain of isolated individuals.
— Bergsjön Centrum, Part of GIBCA Extended Program, Gothenburg, September-November 2023
— Flora Rika, Botaniska Trädgården, Gothenburg, July-August 2021
— Artists’ Corner, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, June 2021