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Kontoret, Skärholmen
BY
Mats Eriksson Dunér

‘The office’ was the name a group of homeless people gave their trailer park situated in the outskirts of Stockholm, close to the shopping area King’s curve. During an intense autumn of 2010, the trailer park appeared in a variety of Stockholm newspapers while the issue of homelessness was a topic that was recorded in television series, such as ‘Homeless’ from UR (The Education Radio). Despite the trailer park’s being very close to the shopping district, the camp had managed to remain undiscovered over a five-year period.

The office had during the time functioned in a kind of illegal-legal relationship within the society, where the residents succeeded in staying away from the authority. What made the trailer park possible to exist was a series of copper thefts where the residents then had opened up an industry within the brand of The Office. This made it possible to more or less legally sell the product further. Only abandoned factories and abandoned buildings were used during the search for material. This entrepreneurship was a kind of adaptation of the neo-liberalism’s ideas, while at the same time many of the residents themselves were strongly negative of the recent years deregulation in Sweden.

In the film we follow one of the residents of the park called Kenneth. In retrospective chapters we hear his point of view and the story about how he ended up in the trailer park. The film is narrated in a first-hand perspective, while the narrator belongs to an actor who represents Kenneth – like how he and the residents in the park used deputies in order not to be seen. The reading is based on Eriksson Dunér’s conversations with Kenneth, and conveys a sense of distant empathy through the character representing him in the film. Skärholmen, Sweden is filmed with a restrained film camera, reminiscent of a slide show presentation. The narrating voice does not just straight comment on what we see in the picture, but provides a parallel perspective that comments on the situation, of contemporary society viewed from a minority group’s perspective.

Skärholmen, Sweden has been shown at the Photo Museum in Riga, Latvia (2013), Gallery APA in Stockholm (2014) and at Inter Arts Center (IAC) in Malmö (2015).

English title Skärholmen, Sweden
Aspect ratio 16:9
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:40:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2012
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About the artist

Mats Eriksson Dunér

Mats Eriksson Dunér is an artist and researcher with a Fil Lic from Malmö Art Academy/Lund University in 2015. His work has moved from photographic surveys to cinematic practice and installation-based work. In his work, Eriksson Dunér is interested in collective groups working for new common places within the city. From the ideas of activity centers in the sixties, the group Action Conversation (about civic dialogues) and to the alternative Trailer park “The Office” in contemporary Sweden. In his investigation, he is also interested in the told experiences, and the relationship between the collective and the private. Eriksson Dunér received his master’s degree at Malmö Art Academy in 1998, with an additional year at the Glasgow School of Art.

His work has been presented in solo-exhibitions at Gallery 54 in Gothenburg (2017), Kulturhuset in Stockholm (2015) and Kristianstad Konsthall. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions and biennials such as “The free play” at Västerås Art Museum (2017) and Malmö Photo Biennale (2017).

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