All over the world, more and more small and middle-sized art institutions are turning to decolonial, feminist and sustainable practices to initiate inventive and experimental approaches of working with contemporary art. At the same time, many of these art spaces are facing difficult times, in a tense socio-political context where politicians and media are increasingly challenging their existence. Their “value” and “usefulness” are questioned and their funding is threatened.
Meryem Saadi’s research project will focus on rural Sweden and investigate what small artist-run organizations have learned from their state of vulnerability. How did they use it, or reach beyond it, to produce experimental artistic and curatorial methodologies and practices? How can this knowledge be formulated in order to be shared with others, both inside and outside the art world?