These photographic series reveal the terms for a Swedish minority and show us an aspect of modern history that has been virtually excluded from the official version of Sweden’s past. Persecution, discrimination and racism have been overshadowed by key concepts such as solidarity, the welfare state, “Folkhemmet (“The Home of the People”, a term commonly used to describe the goal for social politics in pre- and post-war Sweden), the progressive nation, and the record years. The two photographic series also raise issues of the role of the camera and photographer in a documentary situation. The exhibition seeks a critical discussion of issues of representing and being represented – also in the broader sense.
A good home for everyone focuses on political and social development around 1955-1965, a dramatic period when the Roma obtained civil rights in Sweden. But the exhibition will also deal with the time before and after this central period, including the immigration laws introduced in 1914, banning Roma immigration to Sweden until 1954, and the unlawful registration of Roma by the police in Skåne 100 years later.
Curators: Fredrik Liew and Lawen Mohtadi