Sunday, 9 December 2007
art vitrines and city in light
Stig Lindholm, textile artist
Jan Persson, painting inspired by an August Strindberg story
Elisabeth Carlsson, textile artist
More art vitrines, the remaining will come later this week.
The opening, in Göteborg inner city shopping area, was a nice and friendly event. A curious crowd walked around as darkness fell over the city and all artists said a few words about their work. Many of us had thought about the human fragility this season; in different ways compassionate.
After this, we all went to hear the mayor of Göteborg hold a really embarrassing opening speech for the whole Christmas event, and for a moment I felt ashamed of being a part of this. But, I finally decided to only feel responsibility for my own intentions and my own work, with the hope that something good will come out of it.
Göran Johansson, the mayor, totally didn't mention for example how meaningful light is in dark times, or the importance of sharing a celebration, or the awareness of not adding to climate disaster by wasting energy. Or even Christmas! Instead he greedily went straight on to say how good this event is for making tourists pay for hotel rooms and for business. Shame.
In spite of this, it turned out a fun evening! And I love my illuminated city, more photos will follow before lights are switched off.
Sandra shows the starry sky this weekend, snowman celebration in the woods.
Kira Kotliar makes angels.