JONATHAN ANSTETT


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Project Statement

Do you like folk music?

- Yes. We must preserve our tradition.
- No. Folk music is silly and racist.

Folk art holds transnational values, just the same as nature. For the most part, the two go hand-in-hand. At the end of the day, nobody owns nature. The cells on the leaves of a tree are fully their own. That is the way it should be for folk art and iconography as well. In recent years however, a previously non-existent association of Swedish folk expression with modern Swedish right-wing nationalism has suddenly emerged within public opinion. 

This raises questions about traditional material within our modern day - what does tradition mean and what significance does it hold within the contemporary? What relevance do Swedish identity and inherited cultural tradition have in contemporary living? Put simply, how does one come to terms with tradition in the 21st century?  


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