In spring 2017, Marabouparken Art Gallery will collaborate with Livstycket in Tensta. Together we will explore the perception of women’s work throughout history until today.
The project includes: an exhibition (5/6–28/5), a collaboration (workshops during February, March, and April), and an event (a fashion show 5/20).

COLLABORATION PROJECT
Livstycket at Marabouparken Konsthall

In spring 2017, Marabouparken Art Gallery will collaborate with Livstycket in Tensta. Together we will explore the perception of women’s work throughout history until today. The project is part of an ongoing, larger project at Marabouparken entitled Acts of Self Ruin, which explores the struggle for collectivity and equality in an age of individualism. Through a range of activities including exhibitions, residencies and a public programme, we direct attention to groups and individuals who are pursuing equality, solidarity and alternative ways of living.

Livstycket is a modern knowledge and design centre in Tensta, involving women from all over the world. The purpose of Livstycket is to provide women who have immigrated to Sweden with an opportunity to learn the Swedish language and culture, while enhancing their self-esteem and providing them with possibilities to integrate into Swedish society.

Early on in its history, Marabou recruited outside labour. From the 1940s and onwards, mainly women were recruited, many from the Swedish countryside and neighbouring Finland. By learning about the history of the Marabou factory and women’s working conditions during this time, the women from Livstycket can draw parallels to their own lives and work experiences. How was women’s work, in factories and at home, valued then – and how is it valued now? The project aims to raise issues about work, profession and identity from a female historical and cultural perspective.

Livstycket applies functional pedagogy, which combines artistic activities with theoretical teaching. Sewing, embroidery and textile printing, paired with Swedish language lessons and social studies, are the basis for the activities.The project encompasses meetings, guided tours, field trips, workshops and lectures broadly based on the theme of Women and Work. Inspired by the project’s theme and context, participants from Livstycket, in collaboration with the staff, will design new textile patterns. The Livstycket participants will contribute with their life stories, experiences and creativity, which, in the encounter with Marabou Park, with its industrial and cultural history, may lead to innovation and self-development.

Textiles, documentation of the working process, design sketches and a new clothing line will form part of a larger presentation of Livstycket, which will be displayed at Marabouparken in May. A fashion show will be held in connection with the exhibition and Livstycket’s annual Spring Fair will take place in the park.

Photo: Anna Tersmeden