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Art Exhibition: Far-right ideology in the spotlight

Swedish artist Johan Tirén puts his own country’s right-wing policies under heavy scrutiny

May 28th, 2019 3:49 pm| by Ben Hamilton

‘We’re saying what you’re thinking’, a solo exhibition by acclaimed Swedish artist Johan Tirén, takes a critical look at the rise of anti-immigration, racist and far-right parties in European politics.

For more than two decades, Tirén has examined the ideology and impact of the parties through his art, with a specific focus on the conditions of xenophobia and racism.

Careful introspection
The exhibition looks at the nationalist, right-wing populist Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats), which has become the third largest party in Sweden.

In a video installation from 2005 and two new works created for the CAMP exhibition, the artist maps the party’s roots in the racist movement Bevar Sverige Svenskt (Keep Sweden Swedish) and punctures the party’s vision of a monocultural society and its realisation.

The exhibition invites audiences to reflect on how far-right groups have managed to enter parliaments across Europe, and how we can confront their politics.

We’re saying what you’re thinking

– Johan Tirén’s solo exhibition can be seen at the Centre for Art on Migration Politics (CAMP)

– Free guided tours of CAMP’s art gallery guide programme are available every Saturday from 15:00-16:00, except for on the last Saturday of the month

– The tours, which are conducted by CAMP graduates, are offered in collaboration with Trampoline House, a refugee justice community centre in the Nordvest neighbourhood of Copenhagen

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