Sofia Gustafsson

Areas of interest: Art in public spaces, community based projects and creation, re-using material, political art, climate crisis questions

Past projects you are proud of

Hej Främling!/Hey Stranger!

Position: Curator and Producer

A large scale interactive installation by artist and architect duo Moradavaga. The production of the artwork was made by my production team in Sweden in dialogue with the artists on a distance via digital meetings. A great way of working using local materials and production but also working with international artists. The artwork was exhibited at OpenArt 2022.

Jury of the people

Position: Curator and Producer

During our past two Open Calls for OpenArt we’ve been engaging three different jury groups to help us choose artwork for the coming exhibition. One of those groups are The  jury of the people. Inhabitants of Örebro from 15 years old and up can apply to be a part of this Jury. A think this is an important way to engage the local inhabitants when working with public art and extending the democratic  values.

The jury of the people
The jury of the people

Why have you chosen to be a curator or why has curatorship chosen you? For me curatorship has so many purposes. I see it much as a role like a bridge. Someone who connects and supply the art/artists with the community/visitors/interactors and the other way around. And with that comes research, creativity and curiosity. But also someone who creates and identify context. For me it was more like the curatorship chose me or rather it was already there, already with me in the way I was working and approaching art.

What do you think is the purpose of art? I don’t think art has a purpose. That is what makes it so great. I think we give it the meaning we want it to have and that can be different from person to person, context to context. Art is something unexplainable.

Your favourite book(s): Harry Potter of course! But from reading in adult age it is: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk.

Your favourite film(s): Okja directed by Bong Joon-ho


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