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Katarina Lennmarker

ŻIEME is headlining the contemporary art exhibition entitled “The Last Öland Horse” (Den sista Ölandshästen) at Kalmar konstmuseum (Kalmar art museum) in Sweden.

The exhibition uses the image of the horse as a vehicle for discussing aspects of power, submission, dependency and freedom. Specifically the relationship between centralised power and periphery, exemplified by the uneasy historical relationship between the Swedish capital and the Baltic island Öland in the southern, historically gothic region of the country.

The permanent-temporal piece by artist Austin Camilleri is an investigation into the imagery and manifestations of power. The bronze horse was first exhibited at the city gates of Valletta, Malta, for the first edition of VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts festival) in 2014. In 1574 the Swedish king Johan III demanded that all dogs on the island of Öland have one leg cut off, to ban hunting by common people of the island on his royal hunting grounds. The whole island of Öland was at this time a colony of the Swedish royal family. Placing a three-legged horse In the Kalmar City’s castle gardens connects to this Öland legend, a poetic connotation as fate often has it when it comes to art.

Exhibiting artists: Shiva Anoushirvani (SE), Austin Camilleri (MT), Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE), Sasha Huber (CH), Signe Johannessen (SE), Ludvig Löfgren (SE), Salla Tykkä (SF).

The exhibition opened on November 30th 2016 and will be running till 19th February 2017.

Photo by Asa Riton