Sverige, Sverige fosterland (Sweden, Sweden, our native land)

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With this exhibition the Jewish Museum in Stockholm sought to illustrate how complex and enriching dual identity can be in Sweden today. The museum invited a number of young Swedish-Jewish authors and artists to give a portrait of their dual cultural identities using the Swedish flag and the national anthem as a starting point. All the participating artists were given full freedom to develop their ideas. This resulted in a very varied and challenging exhibition about young Swedish-Jewish identity. The works differed widely both as to means of expression and content, reflecting the very different attitudes to being Swedish and Jewish respectively.

Here are the views of some of the nine participating artists and authors:

Ida Strasser:I saw before me a typical Swedish tablecloth a tablecloth with the very suitable name ‘Madicken’ (Astrid Lindgren), purchased at the Åhléns store – spotted with Jewish food. Like me…

Michaela Agoston:my Jewish experience tells me that nothing that has to do with land or country lasts for ever& and that we should not be surprised if we are hunted from the place that we call home…

Hanna Lindroth:for me Judaism is a gigantic table for discussion and noise and Swedish culture I generally summarize as a common lack of community…

Stephan Mendel-Enk: in the Jewish world in which I grew up there were never any other attitudes to the country we were living in than massive criticism and deep suspicion. The lamentable Swedes with their anti-Semitic news programmes.

Fanny Söderbäck: both Jewish and Swedish. Neither Jewish nor Swedish. My dual identity is a dual alienation. Is dual identity no identity? Two half identities?

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Pictures from the exhibition

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