WATCH YOUR STEP, MIND THE GAP at Fylkingen and höjden studios


   Graphic design: Sarah Colobong


A weekend of performances and a workshop in Stockholm

Entrance: 100 SEK / 80 SEK (students, unemployed, Fylkingen members)

Tickets to be purchased at the venue, card payment only.

WATCH YOUR STEP, MIND THE GAP is a collaborative experiment/wish/desire initiated in 2019 by Hiroko Tsuchimoto and Maipelo Gabang who sought to surface the nuanced, complicated and curious nature of working as artists across/through/between cultures, borders and disciplines. Since its inception the collaborative work has quietly transformed itself through a global pandemic where its contributors worked remotely from across geographical, technological and socio-economic distances.

The collaborative offering is crafted with work from Rrangwane Sade Shoalane, Jessica Lejowa, Issraa Elkogali Häggström and Lerato Shadi who through this project question how to relate to unfamiliar cultures highlighting the correspondence between personal curiosity and the legacy of colonialism in contemporary society & culture. Their offerings address the theme of cultural dissimilarities and contrast, the construction of subjectivity beyond the influence of Western ideology, the historical narrative of women, and the questions of racialization in recent decades.

The work takes place over 2 days with an event on 26 August 2022 at Fylkingen (Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, T-Mariatorget). As well as, a workshop on 28 August 2022 at höjden studios (Östbergatorget 21, Älvsjö).

Event at Fylkingen: 26 August 2022, 18:00-22:00

Artists: Rrangwane Sade Shoalane, Jessica Lejowa, Lerato Shadi, Maipelo Gabang, Hiroko Tsuchimoto

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Workshop at höjden studios: 28 August 2022, 13:00-16:30

Facilitator: Issraa Elkogali Häggström

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Lerato Shadi (* Mahikeng, lives and works in Berlin) studied visual art at the University of Johannesburg and earned an M.A. (Spatial Strategies) from Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin in 2018. Her works have been shown internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, i. a. at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and in the Musée d’art moderne both in Paris (2021); in solo shows at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and at Kunstverein in Hamburg (2020); during the public program of The Parliament of Bodies at documenta 14 in Kassel (2017). In March 2022 her monograph was published with Archive Books, Berlin.

Jessica Lejowa holds a BA from Rhodes University, a BA (Hons) and MA in Dramatic Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Art History at Rhodes University. She has lectured at Witwatersrand and headed the School of Live Performance at AFDA Botswana. As a facilitator, director, performer and Early Years Theatre practitioner, Lejowa has worked on productions covering experimental theatre, ritual as performance, and ethnographic devised work. She played at festivals in Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. She hopes to create theatre that is inclusive and reflective of changing political and social currents and work which brings marginalised stories into discourse that is relevant to them.

'Rrangwane' Sade Shoalane (b. 1991) is a spiritually inclined artist using transdisciplinary methods to naively navigate spectrums of decolonising & re-indigenousing the personal/political self. Using mediums like video & rhythm; his work suggests alternative aesthetics. Her artmaking is in constant surprising flux - reorientating ancestral archives. The core themes intersect as climate action, indigenous knowledge systems & humxn experiences. Sade is a core member of the collective The Botswana Pavilion.

Issraa Elkogali Häggström is an award-winning Sudanese-Swedish writer and filmmaker with an MFA in Film from Boston University. Her debut documentary short, IN SEARCH OF HIP HOP (Official selection IFFR and DIFF 2013) was shown in more than 14 countries and purchased by BBC Arabic. Executive producer and screenwriter of the award-winning short fiction film A HANDFUL OF DATES (2020), Issraa is currently developing a multilingual feature-length screenplay. Furthermore, Issraa has experience with creating award-winning plays, films and art installations as a director, producer, and writer.

Maipelo Gabang is an artistic researcher, performer and cultural facilitator born in Botswana who took a sho't left into South Africa and is currently based in Sweden. Her educational background includes a BA in Drama and Organisational Psychology and an MA in Choreography and Movement Research from Rhodes University Gabang is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts. Her current research project looks into Black Womanhood within the African diaspora situated in the Swedish context.

Hiroko Tsuchimoto is a Japanese-born, Stockholm-based artist caring about and working with humans and more-than-human entities. She began her career at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and went on to study at Konstfack, Kungl. Konsthögskolan, and St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp. Over the past ten years, she has been producing performances with audience participation both on stage and in public spaces. Tsuchimoto has been working with her artistic research that unfolds memories of imperial violence through the history of gardens combined with personal anecdotes.

This project is supported by the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Arts Council, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.


Co-production with Fylkingen and höjden studios