“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom. Like art.”

 

After the fire is a series of events spurned out of the accidental fire at Kungl. Konsthögskolan’s Grafik Hus building. This housed workshops, studios, and offices and the fire blazed for two days. Alongside the destruction of the fire, subsequent water damage ravaged the site, leaving residents and personnel displaced, and many irreplaceable contents destroyed in the process.

As opposed to illuminating and representing disaster, this project proposes how we might recover and re-build after traumatic or disruptive events, and while the fire acted as a catalyst for the programme, the events within it also offer opportunities to engage with a wider international context. This runs parallel with broader issues of displacement, governance, and value assertion in the context of advanced capitalism.

The programme was conceived and curated by Elizabeth Black, a visual and performance artist concerned with artistic intervention, pedagogical reform, and institutional critique.

Words: Toni Morrison // Photo credit: Elizabeth Black

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