Artists and Projects





about the artist

Kultivator is an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice, situated in rural village Dyestad, on the island Öland on the southeast coast of Sweden. By installing certain functions in abandoned farm facilities, near to the active agriculture community, Kultivator provide a meeting and working space that points out the parallels between provision production and art practice, between concrete and abstract processes for survival. Kultivator initiates and executes meetings between idealism and realism, hoping that fruitful cooperation’s should take form.

about the residency

Artists’ and farmers’ collective Kultivator has worked with Botkyrka konsthall on a number of residencies, both in Fittja and in Cape Town. Their understanding of the intricate relationship between humans, animals and vegetation in cities and in rural areas has formed the basis of their work, celebrating the soil as the fundamental interface between society and nature.


fittja open 2012

In 2012, Kultivator participated in the group exhibition The Blue Planet – a green exhibition at Botkyrka konsthall and at Residence Botkyrka, they presented various urban compost ideas as part of the programme Fittja Open, such as a chicken coop and a raised compost bed installed outside of the residence apartment’s kitchen, as well as a worm tower for gerilla composting. Together with the University of Fine Arts/HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg), the Royal Inst. of Art in Stockholm and OPENrestaurant they formed The Common Roof Kitchen.

fittja pavilion

In 2014 during the Fittja Pavilion, they collaborated with Steuart Wright from the grassroots initiative Red Hill Literacy Project, Cape Town, working with the soil of the garden, people’s movement between places and the concept of mental and spatial connection between the suburbs of Fittja (Stockholm) and Red Hill (Cape Town).

The Soil site plan for residencys in Fittja and Redhill is a sketch made by art and farming collective Kultivator, visualizing a future infrastructure of small independent but connected residencys situated in respective community. The residencys will be formed by each community according to its needs and to its abilities, and explore the potentials of small-scale, grass root exchange of ideas, culture and experiences. The bricks constituting the material of this sketch are pressed by hand of fine garden soil, being a sustainable drawing /model that is meant to dissolve into the garden, and add to the fertile layer of the place, just as the residencys will later in their places. In some of the bricks, the seeds for growing the ingredients of the two versions of Dolma from OPENrestaurant are put, and will eventually help dissolving the brick by breaking through it. Similar to the Fukoka idea of spreading seedballs to start growth, the soil site plan imagines a system for small units that fertilizes and gives new life to the places and communitys they are established in. - Kultivator

the new biennial for art & architecture in botkyrka

During the New Biennial for Art & Architecture in Botkyrka, Kultivator together with Steuart Wright (South Africa) and Adam Nyandikila Nkelanza, (Tanzania), gave a workshop where they discussed and worked around attitudes and practical ecology connecting kitchens and toilets. The closed system compost toilet will be repeated again in Kultivator’s upcoming project Open Cargo, a work that builds a grassroots infrastructure of small independent but connected residencies in respective community, connecting Fittja, Red Hill in South Africa, Mbeya in Tanzania and Dyestad, Öland, Sweden.

collaborations and support