Artists and Projects


Memory for Forgetfulness & Dinner Recipe


about the project

The artworks Memory for Forgetfulness and Dinner Recipe by former artists-in-residence Afrang Nordlöf Malekian & Cristian Quinteros Soto were inaugurated at Tumba library on 25 March, 2023.

The programme was part of the exhibition Matters of the heart – a journey through the art collection, which was shown in Botkyrka konsthall (11 March – 27 May, 2023) and featured artworks from the municipality’s art collection. The exhibition extended from the exhibition space in Fittja to some other everyday public places where citizens may encounter art.

about the artists

Artists Afrang Nordlöf Malekian and Cristian Quinteros Soto collaborate on themes of care and the organisation of memories in the diaspora. Through archival material, films and dinner parties, they examine how political movements in exile are interwoven and organised, as well as how we in the diaspora inherit a generation’s political struggles.

During the summer of 2019, the artists had a residency period at Residence Botkyrka, and they later presented their work Memory for Forgetfulness in Botkyrka konsthall’s archive during spring 2020.

about the artworks

Memory for Forgetfulness
Fotografi, 220×124 cm (2022)

Many relatives and friends of those who rest in the Memorial del Detenido Desaparecido y Ejecutado Político(The Memorial for the Disappeared) in Santiago, Chile, no longer live in the country because they were forced into exile during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1989).

Cristian Quinteros Soto’s mother Margarita Soto, seen in the photograph, knows many of them. She places carnations at the graves of their relatives and friends when she visits the site. Then she takes a picture of the flower and the grave, and send it to them. Similarly, her friends and relatives send a picture of a carnation in front of the grave of her grandfather, Hernán Soto Gálvez, when they visit Chile. Like the people buried in the memorial, the red carnation is a collective symbol of the fight for revolutionary freedom but also an antidote to forgetfulness. By leaving flowers and documenting this, you remember the coup and the fates of relatives and friends.

Dinner Recipe
Riso print in four languages (Swedish, Spanish, Farsi, English) A4 (2020)

In the summer of 2019, we organised a series of dinners at Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja, in Residence Botkyrka's apartment, to rediscover the stories we carry. To remember, we cooked Chilean and Iranian food that our families taught us. We have written down a recipe of how we organised the dinners so that they can be recreated elsewhere.


collaboration and support

Tumba library