JONATHAN ANSTETT


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Project Statement

Do you like folk music?

- Yes. Too bad the immigrants ruined it.
- 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. 

In this research, I will create a world and an accessible platform where the Swedish folk sound and iconography stand on their own in a contemporary context. This space will be independent from any specific political agenda aside from the agenda of my own - to showcase these expressions in a different light, free from their current and any perceived connotations in relation to sociopolitical spheres and demonstrate how they can be beautiful in their own right. Nobody owns nature and nobody owns folk art. That’s the way it should be. 

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