What is the collection telling us? Mapping the Malmö Konstmuseum collection
Curated by Vasco Forconi
The exhibition, Migration: Traces in an art collection displayed at Tensta konsthall looks at the Malmö Konstmuseum’s collection through the critical lens of migration. Representing the experience of exile and displacement lived by many of the artists present in the collection plays a major role in the curatorial selection of the artworks. Different types of movements, displacement, and geopolitical routes are thus deeply embedded in the exhibition and the collection itself – often regarded as highly representative of a Nordic artistic canon.
By tracing the artists’ movements in time and space, CuratorLab participant Vasco Forconi seeks to outline an analytical representation of the exhibition through tools used in map making and infographics. What can be learned about the collection by drawing its map? Which geopolitical scenarios is the exhibition presenting to the audience? How is it dealing with the notion of Nordic identity?
Vasco Forconi (b. 1991, Rome) is an independent curator and writer based in Rome and Stockholm. Having obtained an MA in Literature and Philosophy he has collaborated with Routes Agency - Cura of Contemporary Arts, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, IED Istituto Europeo di Design, Alexander and Bonin Gallery, Talent Prize, Fondazione VOLUME!, Careof Milano, among others. He is a contributor to ATP Diary, Exibart, and NERO on Theory. His curated projects include: Talent Prize VI, Casa dell'Architettura, Rome (2013); IT. Spazi di percezione tra intangibile e tangibile, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2014); Incontra, a series of artists’ talks, Rome (2015); Disrupted Drawings, mhPROJECT, New York (2017); Da Franco Senza Appuntamento, Rome (2018); A Messy Knot (in motion pictures), The Bioscope, Johannesburg (2018); Italiani brava gente, Fondazione VOLUME!, Rome (2018); Shoegaze, a programme of new commissions, Italienska kulturinstitutet, Stockholm (2019).
‘What is important is training in critical thinking and doing, and that doesn't necessarily mean you’ll go work in an art institution.’ Jenny Richards in conversation with Vasco Forconi