The air which the autonomy of the people breathe

Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Patrick Kretschek, Susanna Jablonski, Ruben Nilsson, Måns Wrange, Erik Öberg, Margareta Hallek, Hans Tombrock & Bertolt Brecht, Helena Lund Ek, Enno Hallek and unknown artist

12.4–12.5 2019

Mint, ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm

Mint’s first exhibition looks at a subject fundamental to our lives – both as critical beings, and for our recuperation: time after work. The different works relate to the theme in direct and indirect ways, through both documentary and abstract expressions. They are about transformation, hobbies, reading and resting. They are about stretching, furnishing, educating oneself and remembering. Quiet reflections on the materials and settings of leisure but also the societal premises which enabled them in the first place. Pension, holidays and time off are the fruits of the struggles of the workers movement – the basis of rest was won by fighting. The exhibition could be seen as a situation of different ideas being started, a place which, like leisure itself, is allowed to chose its own strange roads – perhaps unclear, maybe meaningful, perhaps in time becoming crucial. Or in the words of Gregor Paulsson, initiator of a significant 1936 exhibition of ideas about leisure in southern Sweden: “Leisure is the premise of freedom, the air which the autonomy of the people breathe.”