HYDERABAD:The textile-art exhibition ‘Young Swedish Design Exhibition’ ongoing at Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU).consists of 41 artists, 21 from India and 20 from Sweden. It is an initiative taken by Embassy of Sweden in association with the university. Two of the artists share their views with us:
When asked what is unique about her artwork, Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson, a Swedish textile artist, stated that in Sweden, she tries to buy everything secondhand. Sweden’s market is big that secondhand consists of great materials which she uses in her art-works. She is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, currently working on her masters exam work at HDK- Institute of design and craft at the University of Gothenburg, her work ‘FUCK YOU ALL’ is a carpet/sculpture, the part 1, A cat, the part 2, bubble made of wool and polyester. The kitten depicts depression and self-destructive behaviour, which leaves you wondering about its disturbing elements.
“I depicted an angry kitten screaming “fuck you all!!!” This work springs from a frustration of how we treat each other differently based on norms and hierarchies that are part of a patriarchal society,” she said.
The Ung Svensk Form, Young Swedish Form, a juried award, allows tours both in Sweden and internationally. It is a kind of exposure to both Indian artists and Sweden artists to different textile artworks which includes the weaving, the braiding and constructing process. Another Swedish artist Katja Beckman’s works are also on display. Her artwork “Yellow 3”, a handwoven tapestry, hand dyed wool and linen. Her abstract monumental tapestry woven in different textures and techniques will be exhibited in Italy in a contemporary art museum.
The exhibition is on till April 15