The Worker through the Ages
A performance in the collection by Fia Backström
Date: Thursday 23 May 2019
Time: at 15.00–15.45
Place: in the collection, floor 4
Price: free admission
Booking: no booking required
The live performance will be recorded, and the audience may be visible in the documentation.
Part of the new presentations of the collection
The collection will be rearranged in 2019. We recently opened a room titled “Together”, showing works on the theme of dignity, solidarity and collective forces. One of the pieces is “The Worker through the Ages” by Fia Backström, a staged environment which is completed with a public performance. The live event will be documented and later inserted on a screen as part of the installation.
Fia Backström with Albin Amelin, Carl Alexanderson and Bertil Damm
Backström’s piece, “The Worker through the Ages”, reveals the layers of meaning within the concepts of work and solidarity. It includes paintings and drawings portraying working-class culture, by the artists Albin Amelin, Carl Alexanderson, and Bertil Damm, from the Moderna Museet collection. The posters also belong to the collection; one of them was made in support of the miners’ strike at LKAB in 1969–70.
Fia Backström has also included a picture from an image agency, and a textile print based on the internationally famous 1938 Saltsjöbaden Agreement between the Swedish Employers’ Association (SAF) and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) on labour relations.
The paintings are installed during the performance
The paintings are on a cart before the performance begins, and will then be hung on a wallpaper by a curator and two museum technicians. The curator, a hostess (the artist) and a seamstress give a running commentary on how the works relate to the global economy and historic and contemporary working conditions while the seamstress sews cushions out of the textile print.
The last time the work was performed at Moderna Museet was in 2010, in connection with The Moderna Exhibition 2010.
Contact: Karin Malmquist, curator