Detroit Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Roslagsgatan 21
11355 Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden

Detroit Stockholm is an artist-run studio collective and gallery for artists from various disciplines. Founded more than a decade ago, it is today run by its 23 members. Diversity is one of our strongest attributes. Our current members are from Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Mexico, US, Argentina, Slovakia, Iran, Ireland and the UK, working with performance, installation, textile, film, painting and more. Our core values have always been to provide affordable art spaces, with the gallery as a free platform to explore ideas. As a complement to our members' exhibitions, we also invite local and international artists to share their art, projects and workshops. The public program at Detroit Stockholm has included art exhibitions, music & art happenings to nomadic performance-art festivals.

Detroit Stockholm presents invited artists Hillside Projects and member Henrik Green. In his works for the fair Henrik Green faces the climate crisis and attempts to cope with the reality of profound change. The crisis merges fragility and geology into a prism of disorientation, the time scales of moments, seasons and geological epochs coincide in the abrupt changes we make to our planet. Through this prism Henrik looks at soil, rock and flowers in objects and paintings. Well known connotations such as steady, solid rock and the ephemeral beauty of flowers are employed to grasp what is at stake. Soil is the interface between rock and most living organisms, where we grow our food and where we bury our dead. This proximity of life and death both literally and symbolically is given material form in soil, rock, copper embroidery and paper. Paintings evoking images of petals, aerial photos of mountain ranges and minerals seen through a microscope reinforce the different forms the soil spawns. Austere and blooming. During the last few years, notions surrounding extinction have been at the core of HIllside Project’s (Emily Berry Mennerdahl & Jonas Böttern) practice. Extinction stories are often told through tragedy, regret and a sense of nostalgia. Through methods of storytelling, video works, text and drawing, Hillside Projects explore the tragedies but are also interested in finding alternative ways to talk about extinction, to embrace the comedic and slightly absurd. To understand the cultural assumptions that lie behind what is of value in nature and what is not, and how this forms us. To question the stories we tell and how. At Supermarket, Hillside Projects will shift their perspective away from the decline of charismatic megafauna and the tragedies, and begin to explore the extinctions we do not mourn. Disease-bearing mosquitoes, infectious childhood diseases, the seemingly meaningless and the dull-looking. Hillside Projects are currently, in collaboration with Böttern’s mother, creating a trial children’s clothing collection with blown up prints of the extinctions we do not mourn. The choice of creating a children’s collection is a commentary to how the narratives we teach our children about the natural world and more than humans are so easily romanticized, exploited and commercialized through products such as toys, clothing, films, literature etc. Who should be saved and why? Who decides who should be saved?

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