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Malmö, Sweden
Kah Bee Chow Wake 2016. Chipboard, MDF, silicone. Installed as part of Escaping Space, curated by Susanne Ewerlöf, Fullersta Gård, Huddinge

Kah Bee Chow Wake 2016. Chipboard, MDF, silicone. Installed as part of Escaping Space, curated by Susanne Ewerlöf, Fullersta Gård, Huddinge

Malmö is a good place to disappear. I came here in 2010 to attend the Art Academy. I remember watching the Academy’s director on YouTube describe how professors were not allowed to enter a student’s studio unless invited to do so. I would say that this is intimately tied to the ideological legacy Sweden is known for. I bring it up because it is something that still resonates with my life in Malmö, along with why I live here.

 

A good friend once described Malmö as an ‘absolute dearth of visual stimulation.’ The flat terrain filled with four-storey buildings lends a particularly uniform character to how and what you see in this city. Groups of toddlers in hi-vis vests being shepherded on sidewalks by gentle daycare messiahs.

After a few months away, I asked Filip what had been happening in Malmö. He shrugged and said, ‘Oh y’know, five more people decided to become vegan.’

Boredom is a good place to work from. Malmö allows for a measure of withdrawal and space to work.

Others might say this is a path to guaranteed obscurity. Do you dance better if no one’s watching? Or does it

just make you isolated and out of touch? I think every ideal also risks becoming a form of entrapment. Time will tell.