Digital video digital video. A person with a clocks hanging over the shoulders

Iris Smeds, The Average (filmstill), 2019 © Iris Smeds

Stockholm Pride 2022

Guided tours

2.8 2022 – 4.8 2022


Join a guided tour of “Swedish Acquisitions: Matches” with the exhibition’s curator Asrin Haidari. During Stockholm Pride 2022, we offer three guided tours, focusing on one artist on each occasion: Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Leif Holmstrand and Iris Smeds. Welcome!

Tuesday 2 August 2022

Conny Karlsson Lundgren

Born 1974

Conny Karlsson Lundgren’s video work “Our Trip to France (Mont des Tantes)” depicts the struggle for homosexuals’ freedoms and rights. In the video work, young activists today read the travelogue written by the earlier generation in 1977. The film grows into a touching document about belonging and learning to accept oneself by accepting others.

People sitting in the grass on a sunny day with umbrella
Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Our Trip to France (Mont des Tantes) (filmstill), 2021 © Conny Karlsson Lundgren Bildupphovsrätt 2022
Mannequin torso in burnt black plastic covered with a net of hemp string and found material
Leif Holmstrand, Anadyomene, 1999-2007 © Leif Holmstrand Photo: Tobias Fischer / Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022

Wednesday 3 August 2022

Leif Holmstrand

Born 1972

Leif Holmstrand’s physical works are often drawn from his performative practice. The sculpture “Anadyomene” is, for example, based on the performance “Berlin Magic Model Project / Prostitution and Other Activities”. Leif Holmstrand’s rich artistic and literary practice is a diverse world. One peopled by figures of transgressive gender identities who, with all their senses vibrating, are exploring the human condition and the subversive power of culture.

Thursday 4 August 2022

Iris Smeds

Born 1984

In her practice, Iris Smeds works with performance, film and objects. The value of art and the marketability of identities are recurring subjects, and her works are often blended with absurd humour. The film “The Average” is a comment on the individualism that has emerged alongside the decline of the welfare state. “0-9 Bye (a bug’s life)” is a sculpted cloak in pink satin marked with the numbers 0 to 9. It can be read as an allegory of life’s movement towards death, or simply as numerals. The mantle reminds us of the butterfly that has reached life’s climax after the pupa phase.

still from a video with person with a mask over her face
Iris Smeds, The Average (filmstill), 2019 © Iris Smeds
A sculpted coat in pink satin marked with the number line 0-9
© Iris Smeds Iris Smeds, 0–9 Bye (a bug’s life), 2018-2019 © Iris Smeds Phto: Jean-Baptiste Béranger