15.6 – 14.7.2019
SUPERFLEX, Kwassa Kwassa
Kwassa Kwassa is a film work portraying the construction of a boat on the island of Anjouan, in the Comoro archipelago between Madagascar and Mozambique. Although usually used for fishing, boats like the one built in the film are also used for transporting migrants to the neighbouring island of Mayotte, a French overseas territory and the outermost region of the EU. The islands are 70 km apart – separated by a seemingly short, but life-threatening journey that has claimed more than 10,000 lives of women, men and children. Kwassa Kwassa interprets the boat as a contextual construction intended to carry migrants on a dangerous, politically complex journey. Carrying more than symbolic meaning as a vessel for dreams of reaching a better life on the other shore, the boat is also a labour-intensive work of craftsmanship and the physical passage bearing human lives to safety – as the title questions in translation “an unstable boat” from the language of the Comoro Islands.
Österängens Konsthall is a place for Swedish and International contemporary art. It is also a meeting place and a community centre, in the middle of a shopping mall in the district of Österängen along the E4 highway in Jönköping. Österängens Konsthall is run as a non-profit association with over 350 members and is supported by The Region of Jönköping, Jönköping municipality, the Swedish Public Arts Council and Vätterhem.
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Videostill, Kwassa Kwassa, Photo: SUPERFLEX