Artists and Projects

Milk & Honey

2017

Milk & Honey
25 January – 19 February, 2017
Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba

Art historian and curator Temi Odumosu presented a mixed-media installation that explored how local heritage archives can activate global crosscurrents, through themes of memory, identity and belonging.

The focus of the installation was a photograph representing the performance artist Josephine Baker (1906-1975) milking cows at the farm Hamra Gård (Botkyrka municipality), in 1957. It is an archival document that presents an alternative view of this well known Black personality, whilst raising questions about openness and inclusion in Sweden historically.

The installation comprised mixed media components: photography, video, and sound, in combination with physical artefacts. The sonic component was a recorded conversation between Temi Odumosu and specialist Dr Ylva Habel (media and communications studies).

Milk & Honey was a research-based intervention produced as part of Residence Botkyrka’s programme ”Developing Nordic Cities” supported by Nordic Culture Point. The installation featured in the exhibition Övergångar / Transitions New Biennial for Art & Architecture.

Milk & Honey is a meditation on the complexities of memory, identity and belonging. It displays and reflects on two unusual photographs of Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975) milking cows at Hamra Gård in 1957 – a farm in Botkyrka municipality, southern Stockholm. In addition to photographs the mixed-media installation includes an original milk cannister from Hamra Gård and film fragments from Princesse Tam-Tam (1935). It also features parts of a recorded conversation between Temi Odumosu and media scholar Dr Ylva Habel.

Installation, Milk & Honey, curated by Temi Odumosu, 2017. Photo: Madiha Saeed.

Installation, Milk & Honey, curated by Temi Odumosu, 2017.

review

Stockholms Fria
Pionjär som både roade och gjorde motstånd, by Katarina Andersson (in Swedish)

- I thought about the kind of atmosphere I wanted to create, says Temi Odumosu. Because it is one thing to see the image in the role of researcher, and another to show it to an audience. It is a form of reflection and meditation around the photo and the questions it generates. It's Sweden, and an African-American woman, in an unusual situation, here immersed in a very mundane occupation. I wanted to bring all these elements together.

Quote translated from the Swedish article.

collaboration and support

Thanks to Hamra Gård in Tumba and the City Museum in Stockholm.

The programme has received funding for the residency from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

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