The Last Öland Horse – featuring New Horse Cultures takes its departure from a now extinct horse breed on the rural island of Öland. The exhibition uses the popular motif of the horse as a vehicle for discussing aspects of power, submission, dependency and freedom. Several of the invited artists have done residencies in the area and produced art works around the theme of “new horse cultures” through working with a collective of artists and farmers called Kultivator. As immigrants increase by the number in Sweden as a result of the war in Syria many come to live in the rural Swedish countryside and new cultures are forming as a result. Several refugee women have been involved in the “New Horse Cultures” and will be engaging with the exhibition and its programming.
The exhibition opens on November 30th, a day that is well known to the Swedish public as it commemorates the death of the King Gustav Adolf XII – a nationalistic icon mainly remembered from a war painting. As we open on this day this exhibition will explore the horse in many more suttle ways – becoming a kind of “Trojan horse” of ideas.