The Museum of Movements is a national museum in development, built slowly brick by brick in dialogue with civil society’s organizations, NGOs, activist groups, researchers, youth, and the independent cultural sector. During the last two years, the Museum’s team travelled around Sweden to arrange dialogue meetings in order to explore the need for a new museum for democracy and migration, and the topics it should raise. Some of the needs voiced were to widen the understanding of cultural heritage, to tell new and untold stories, that enrich the understanding of democracy and culture.
The video installation Mother’s Tongue (2018), which was previously presented at Moderna Museet Malmö, takes up many of these questions. It takes the viewer on a speculative time travel through the history of Chinese restaurants in Sweden and to a fictional future. In the video, we follow three generations: a daughter, a retired restaurant owner, and a grandmother. Their roles are highlighted through their different experiences of the Chinese diaspora in Sweden. The story is told by the restaurant itself, speaking with its own voice it becomes a viewing room where its identity and cultural values are reflected upon through the women’s perspectives.
Katya Sandomirskaja, project manager for The Museum of Movements, discuss together with the artists on how art can contribute to nuancing and problematizing issues like cultural heritage, identity, language, exotification, and the power relations that lay in between.
Talk: Mother’s Tongue & The Museum of Movements
Note! New date: 23 February (the previous date 5 January is cancelled)
Time: kl 14-16
Price: Free admission. Limited numbers, first come first served.
14: Welcome and introductions of The Museum of Movements.
Approx. 14.20: Screening of Mother’s Tongue.
Approx. 14.40: Conversation with Wingyee Wu, Lap-See Lam and Katya Sandomirskaja.
The talk is a collbaration between Moderna Museet Malmö and The Museum of Movements, a museum that is being developend with support from City of Malmö and the Swedish government.