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First in a series of filmed encounters with Swedish Traveller Roma, an ethnic minority with documented presence in Sweden for 500 years, still relatively unknown to people outside of the minority. The artist Kalle Brolin is investigating if his last name, which is a Traveller family name, will allow him some insight. In this first film, two Travellers discuss how you can tell if someone belongs to the Traveller ethnicity, and how borders are drawn towards other ethnicities. Blood or culture? And can you join?
Kalle Brolin is an artist with an MA from the Art Academy in Umeå in 2004. Since then he’s lived and worked for long periods in various cities – Istanbul, Buenos Aires, London, Berlin, Tallinn, Moscow, Gdansk and others. His works form associative connections, through montages of images and stories, between political groups, communities and people dispersed in histories and geographies. Most of them involving long-term research processes, some take years to complete. Methods include association and dialogue; formats include video, performance, and installation. Kalle Brolin writes cultural critique for Fria Tidningen (newspaper) since 2008, as well as in various art magazines. For many years he was active in the board of Galleri Box in Gothenburg. He runs the Sunshine Socialist Cinema since 2012 and has exhibited in biennales in Bucharest, Liverpool and Gothenburg. His most recent work includes video installation and performance Phantom Zone Projector (2018), the video Jag är Solen / I am the Sun (2018-ongoing) from the Coal and Sugar-series and showing video and performance at Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm 2018 – 2019.