17.9.2020–21.2.2021 ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41

A Careful Strike*

17.9.2020–21.2.2021 Program
3.12.2020–21.2.2021 Exhibition

3.12.2020 Opening (please RSVP

Participants: Bini Adamczak, Agentur, Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, Black Audio Film Collective (John Akomfrah), Henrik Andersson, Problem Collective, Chto Delat, Harun Farocki, Andria Nyberg Forshage, Dora García, Benj Gerdes, Stefano Harney, Salad Hilowle, Sam Hultin, Ingela Johansson, Hanni Kamaly, Judith Kiros, Patrick Kretschek, Julia Lindblom, Mattin, Minus Miele, Alessandra Mincone, Fred Moten, Leandro Schclarek Mulinari, Papis Ndiaye, Ruben Nilson, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Gudrun Olsson, Yolanda Aurora Bohm Ramirez, Oliver Ressler, Jenny Richards, Bella Rune, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Karl Sjölund, Iris Smeds, Hito Steyerl, Margareta Ståhl, Hannah Wiker Wikström, Mathias Wåg.

Mint presents A Careful Strike*; a group show that departs from the monumental painting The History of the Workers Movement by the sheet metal worker, musician and artist Ruben Nilson (1893–1971), permanently installed at ABF Stockholm. Painted during a ten year period around 1940. Following a tradition of workers’ art, the collective struggle for emancipation is at the centre of Nilson’s painting. 

The exhibition follows Nilson’s artwork both in its ambition and challenge: What does the reproduction of a movement’s history entail? What different roles can art play in social movements and through which expressions? How is art engaged in today’s movements? A dialogue with the specific struggles and the histories that inform Nilson’s composition of intertwined visual narratives, structured through visible conjoined cuts form the curatorial framework of the exhibition. The works historical connections to contemporary situations are put in relation to what is missing within the frame – the histories and experience that are left out while establishing a prevalent worker’s history.

A Careful Strike* is an exhibition and a public program that precedes the exhibition during the fall, where workers’ art is confronted with Swedish and international contemporary works. The form and history of social movements are reflected through situated experiences of migration, care, exploitation and struggle. Through songs, poetry, talks, and artworks historical events and issues are made visible in a conversation on our current condition. What do we need to remember and what is to be done to win back the future?

* The exhibition borrows its title from the militant feminist collective Precarias a la deriva (Precarious women adrift) 2005. The collective was formed in Madrid in 2002 in reaction to the male-dominated unions that were organising a general strike in reaction to labour law reforms in Spain. Precarias a la deriva wanted to highlight the challenges many face in participating in strikes, due to a reality of precarious employment and a higher burden of reproductive work. They wanted to create a collective situated narrative on the general tendency toward the precarization of life they were experiencing and the ways to revolt and resist in our everyday lives. – Precarias a la deriva, Una huelga de mucho cuidado (Cuatro hipótesis), 2004. 

Curator: Michele Masucci
Production assistant: Alice Söderqvist
Intern: Maya Nagano Holm
Design: Thomas Bush
Lighting Design: Jonatan Winbo

Mint and ABF Stockholm follow Swedens Public Health Agency recommendations against the spread of infection. All events have limited seating, please RSVP to info@m-i-n-t.se. Parts of the program will be documented and made available on Mints and ABFs webpage. The exhibition opens on 3 December 2020 until 21 February 2021.

The exhibition is produced with generous support from The Swedish Arts Council and The City of Stockholm. Thanks to the Workers Educational Association in Stockholm and Bonniers konsthall.


History Is Not Over (February 12, 1934)
Thursday 17 September, 17:00–20:00

Within the framework of the research project, The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts the independent research group Agentur presents a joint reflection on a central event in the cultural history of antifascism: The mass demonstration on February 12, 1934, when tens of thousands of people, took to the streets in Paris, to protest against the advances of fascism. With readings, presentations, artistic contributions, and critical commentaries by Emily Fahlén, Jörgen Gassilewski, Martin Högström, Ingela Johansson, Emma Kihl, Samuel Richter, Kim West, and Ellen Wettmark.

There is a limited number of open seats for this event. RSVP to info@agentur.ooo.

The Reproduction of Resistance
Wednesday 7 October, 19:15–20:00

A public conversation on the possibility of struggle and resistance within health and care work. The corona pandemic has made the vulnerability of society even more evident as a consequence of decades of neoliberal reforms. How can care rather than economic principles become the primary organizing principle for societies? In collaboration with Feministiskt Forum. Participants: Roya Hakimnia, Pamela Otarola, Yolanda Aurora Bohm Ramirez and Mani Shutzberg.

Belarus: “Tomorrow Should Not be the Same as Today”
Thursday 15 October, 18:00–20:00

An online discussion with members from Problem Collective and other guests departing from the current political situation in Belarus and the condition for artistic production, solidarity and strike in the heat of the moment.

“Riots Are to Love Our Survival”
Thursday 5 November, 18:00–20:00 

The struggle over history is the struggle for life, recognition and reparation. The conditions for an independent historical narrative are a recurring issue within the history of different movements. Which narratives are given a voice, which are suppressed? How is the ongoing struggle over history expressed today in different contexts? Participants: Judith Kiros, Leandro Schclarek Mulinari, Stefano Harney och Fred Moten.

Reports from Ports and Warehouses
Thursday 12 November, 18:00–20:00

Which are the historical continuities with previous movements that we can see in today’s struggles? When the Black Lives Matter movement grew in the USA hundreds of dock workers went on strike in Portland. What connects political strikes with work related conflicts? Reports from the ports in Naples, Genoa and Gothenburg: Participants: Mathias Wåg, Julia Lindblom, Alessandra Mincone, Papis Ndiaye and Benj Gerdes. 

Opening A Careful Strike
Thursday 3 December, 18:00

Performance by Hanni Kamaly, a performance by Iris Smeds and a new interpretation of Strike song from Pajala by Hannah Wiker Wikström. Jenny Richards and the course Bodies of Care.

Artists in the exhibition: Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, Black Audio Film Collective (John Akomfrah), Henrik Andersson, Problem Collective, Chto Delat?, Harun Farocki, Dora García, Benj Gerdes, Salad Hilowle, Sam Hultin, Ingela Johansson, Hanni Kamaly, Patrick Kretschek, Mattin, Minus Miele, Ruben Nilson, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Oliver Ressler, Bella Rune, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Iris Smeds, Karl Sjölund, Hito Steyerl, Hannah Wiker Wikström.

Transvestias 56-years jubilee
Performance by Sam Hultin
Saturday 5 December, 14:00–15:00

In 1964 the first club for transgender persons on Sweden’s first society for transgender persons, Transvestia was formed by Eva-Lisa Bengtson and Erika Sjöman. This inclusive space was an important free zone for many that could not live as themselves in the everyday. On the 5th of December 2020, the 56-year jubilee will be celebrated for the society that welcomed transgender as well as lesbians with a smorgasbord of other identities and sexual preferences. The Jubilee is part of Eva-Lisas monument – a memorial over the lesbian activist and trans pioneer Eva-Lisa Bengtsson (1932–2018).

On the Dermis of History  
Thursday 21 January, 18:00

Presentation and artist talk with Behzad Khosravi Noori on his research project that departs from the central monument in Teheran by the Felestin square that celebrates Palestine and the first intifada. Through montage and archival material juxtaposed with an analysis of the monument, the surrounding and its historical background, a confrontation with associated political and historical conjunctions is made possible. What does a decolonizing artistic practice entail?

Finissage A Careful Strike
Release of Lulu-journal #12
Saturday 20 February, 18:00

During the evening there will be a piece by Mattin, conversation with Bini Adamczak on her book Relational Revolution, a performance by Karl Sjölund, and reading by Andria Nyberg Forshage.