MeM final seminar took place in Stockholm on 11-12 of August. All project organisers from the partner organisations, as well as two art mediators from each country, gathered at Tensta Konsthall to finally meet each other in person, reflect on the experience of the past two years, and brainstorm future collaboration opportunities.
On the first day, apart from the official programme that included presentations of the partner institutions, discussions around the outcomes and impacts of the project, as well as evaluation part, seminar participants got to experience a powerful exhibition “Hurting and Healing: Let’s Imagine a Different Heritage” that challenges and aims to redefine the western-centric perception of cultural heritages. The whole team got to meet artist Apolonija Šušteršičs and hear more about “Political Classroom” – a final project that Apolonija and a Swedish team of art mediators have been working on together.
One of the highlights of the day was meeting the participants of Tensta Konsthall’s Women’s Cafe – a regular event for the women living in the area. At the meetings, they work with different crafts and create a safe space through joint handiwork, enabling conversation and exchange of experiences.
On the second day, seminar participants spent more time brainstorming in smaller groups and looking into the crystal ball: what are the opportunities for the future? What can be done locally and on the international level? What is relevant and needed?
The team had an inspiring meeting at Botkyrka konsthall – centre for contemporary art located in the suburb of Fittja – with its director Miriam Andersson-Blecher. Attending an exhibition “Unfinished histories“ added to the experience and helped the participants to understand the spirit of the institution better.
We thank all the seminar participants for coming and making our meeting in Stockholm an unforgettable experience!
The outcomes of the project, as well as evaluation findings, will be shared with the public later.