Gothenburg

Carola Grahn, Fasad (Facade), 2020, wood, 13' 11⁄2“ × 13' 11⁄2” × 13' 11⁄2".

Carola Grahn, Fasad (Facade), 2020, wood, 13' 11⁄2“ × 13' 11⁄2” × 13' 11⁄2".

Carola Grahn

Röda Sten Konsthall

Röda Sten Konsthall has no gift shop. Carola Grahn changed this with the exhibition “I Have Scrutinized Every Stone and Log on the Southwest Side of the Mountain,” for which she installed Shop, 2020, at the entrance to the nonprofit art space. On coffee mugs and sweatshirts, the artist evokes her Sámi heritage by posing in ethno-punk style, wearing a traditional gákti. In the corner stood Ice Ice Baby, 2020, a freezer full of ice cream with her portrait on the wrapper. The scene evoked a blissful 1990s mix of ironic ethnic marketing and playful institutional critique.

But the ground floor was only the first strategic stage of a complex exhibition drama occupying the four floors of the konsthall. Entering the stairwell, one could already notice a change of tone, signaled by the characteristic scent of birchwood from the second floor. There, in the gallery’s biggest and most industrial space,

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