Stockholm based Johanna Gustafsson Fürst will be the third artist to exhibit at Accelerator, and the first to present sculptures and installations throughout the entire art space.
About the exhibition
Gustafsson Fürst’s artistic practice often focuses on contemporary social issues relating to the links between social systems and individuals and the importance of safeguarding pluralism. In recent years, she has been particularly concentrated on the impact of government control on the relationship between the body and language and how intensity and sensory aspects of language can be expressed.
Gustafsson Fürst made her first visit to Accelerator in winter 2018, when the new exhibition spaces were in the early stages of construction. The exhibition features new works, created specifically for Accelerator during the development of the spaces. In March, the exhibition will metamorphose, through the presentation of new works and a publication.
Accelerator is part of Stockholm University, with a mission to engage actively with society. The University maintains and explores linguistic traditions, systems and developments, and has a long history of promoting studies and research in foreign languages. Language education and linguistics also have a strong position. Johanna Gustafsson Fürst contributes by examining the corporal and physical mechanisms of language from a wordless perspective. Accelerator has invited individual linguistic researchers at Stockholm University to be in dialogue with Gustafsson Fürst in the production of this exhibition.
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
" I am fascinated by how language intertwines our bodies and societies, and, above all, how it feels when language is broken down, and what the consequences are. What does the linguistic violence exerted by governments to maintain and expand the nation state do to us? Although many people are aware that language is changing perpetually and is stimulated by diversity, there are calls for uniformity, through cutbacks in teaching first languages, for instance, and demands that proficiency in Swedish should be a condition for citizenship. "
About Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst is born in 1973 and lives and works in Stockholm. She has an MFA from the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm (2003). Fürst has been exhibited both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented by Belenius Gallery in Stockholm. In 2017, she received the Friends of Moderna Museets’s Sculpture Prize, followed by an extensive solo exhibition.
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Artist
Exhibition team Accelerator
Therese Kellner, Curator
Richard Julin, Artistic Director Accelerator
Tove Nilson, Communications Manager
Erik Wijkström, Exhibition Technician