Lost Days/New Days
Lost Days/New Days at Högsbo Library and Axel Dahlströms square is part of Gibca Extended 15/9–19/11 2023. The exhibition features Marko Cesarec, Lars Embäck and Anne Marte Overaa.
Axel Dahlström's square 1950s. Stock image: Högsbo Library
A feeling that we are losing time arises because we are constantly using the limited days of our lives. At the same time, our planet is threatened from a global perspective through current and upcoming crises. Man's biological presence on earth may become just a parenthesis. But today there are still opportunities for change. The future, which is Gibca's theme for the Biennale 2023, is dependent on events that have already taken place and of the current time which is unfolding right now.
Marko Cesarec shows an installation, titled The Plant at the library. The name of the artwork has in the English language a double meaning, Plant or Factory. It has previously been shown at the Tifa Working Studios in Pune, India as a comment to the climate change and environmental destruction. The Plant is a site-specifik visual work, that with it’s many different parts, explores the metamorphosis of nature. In a hidden interconnecting monumental spatiality you can if you want to, see the remains of a starsky. Nothing is fixed. All values can change places. The composition's open irregular and uncontrollable forms, with constantly change shape, is a protest against the ruthless exploitation of nature. Cesarec's artwork is also in a way contrary to the idea about the welfare state, as architects Sven Brolin and Jan Wallinder presented in their statement in the magazine Ny Tid in 1957:
"We believe that the tangible environment we live in, should be clear, factual and clean. You should try to get away from the haphazard variation, the whimsical embroideries. The entire new production technology points in the same direction. Pure cultivation, the clarity, characterizes the architecture of our time”
Lars Embäck reactivates an artwork which was shown at Högsbo Library as a part of Gibca Extended 2021: I have been
grew up here, but nobody knows who I am. Apart from the artwork's physical presence with building materials from the demolished Högsbo school (1956-2013) there is a call to action. People with experience from Högsbo is offered an opportunity to contribute with stories about the district which will be archived at the library later to be printed in a book.
This is an address that does not exist, Lars Embäck
Lars Embäck also shows an installation outside, at the square with the title: This is an address that does not exist. Endre Nemes artwork Marble Marquetry, one of the more interesting post-war Swedish public works of art, can be found at the square in Högsbo and Embäck's intervention can be described as a conceptual and counterfactual shift that apostrophes Endre Nemes by temporarily naming the square after him. The square's beautiful and meaningful artwork was made by a Swedish cosmopolitan migrant, who felt forced to leave his home in Central Europe because of the persecution of Jews which later culminated in the Holocaust.
Anne Marte Overaa presents the work Unsung which was created as a tribute to unnoticed places in the old Kiruna city center, spring and summer 2022 during an exhibition in collaboration with Konstfrämjandet in Norrbotten. Now her knotted notes have the opportunity to work in Högsbo in Gothenburg on two facades next to the square. Which places will remain over a longer period of time? And what can these places tell us? There is places that no one cares to give a name to but are still significant and where there are memories from.
Inside the library the video work, Å ha å ikkje ha is shown. Based on her own experiences and reflections on different forms of value systems, Overaa has approached the overlooked and invisible. Her film can also be considered as an open reflection in relation to Högsbo's coin streets and the social democrat Axel Dahlström who once had to give his name to the square. Axel Dahlström worked for a better and more solidary society. Today Sweden is being pulled apart by increased income gaps. How can we achieve sustainable development? Or like the filmmaker Fredrik Gertten formulates it in his latest film Breaking Social:
Can we afford the rich?