Artists and Projects

artist

Minna Henriksson & Sezgin Boynik

year

2011

about the artist

Minna Henriksson (b. 1976) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her work relates to leftist, anti-racist and feminist struggles, and are often based on extensive archival research and draw from real historical events aiming to bring forth marginalisation and oppression, and to highlight positions of power.

minnahenriksson.com

Sezgin Boynik (b. 1977) is a sociologist and art theoretician based in Helsinki, where he is also running the independent publishing platform Rab-Rab Press.

rabrab.net

about the residency

Minna and Sezgin came to Residence Botkyrka in Fittja during 2011 – 2012 to meet with researchers at the Multicultural Centre in Fittja and diversity activists in the Stockholm area. During their stay a reading circle was held every week in Fittja.

The book “Counter-constructivist Model…” was released in 2012 and has received a lot of attention in cities from Helsinki to Istanbul. It was also part of an extensive artistic study around diversity and culture in the Nordic region.

labyrint archive

Sezgin Boynik & Minna L. Henriksson
Counter-constructivist Model (La Fontaine stories for immigrants) paper-film in nine acts
Graphic design: Maryam Fanni
Labyrint Press (2012)

A compilation of essays that critically discuss cultural production in suburbs such as Fittja in Botkyrka as well as a critique of the multicultural policies of the Nordic region.

“Counter-constructivist Model is an experimental book utilizing formal devices of film making for deeper anlysis of social issues such as multiculturalism, cultural nationalism, whiteness, segregation, racism and riots. The book is realized as part of artist-in-residence programme by Botkyrka konsthall in Fittja. Apart from offering new model and method for dealing with various social issues related to nationalism, it also aims at deconstructing myths and fables surrounding these issues.”

From the anthology Labyrint (2006-2016). Edited by Joanna Sandell & Pia Sandström.

Counter-constructivist Model is available in Labyrint Archive, Botkyrka konsthall.

Book cover, Counter-constructivist Model (La Fontaine stories for immigrants) paper-film in nine acts. 2012

collaboration and support

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

Mångkulturellt centrum and Botkyrkabyggen.

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