“Letters From Home” at Arvika Konsthall/ Arvika/ Sweden. Areej Almansory and Nisrine Boukhari.


03 Oct- 28 Nov 2020 

We will begin an international collaboration between Arvika Konsthall and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, USA.
The exhibition will be based on the letters that Johanna Ericksson sent to her son, Emil Olsson, who emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century. The letters tell of difficult hardships, where poverty and hunger are a big part of everyday life, but also of universal thoughts about grief, love and the loss of a loved one you will never see again. Fates of life that all societies have gone through during different periods.


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Had the privilege to open Areej Almansory exhibition ( here I am ) Areej who originally from Iraq but she lives in 16 years in Helsingborg. Areej mainly works with abstract painting, but in this exhibition "Here I am" she also exhibits mixed media and video works. It is a strong exhibition and with a strong story. The background to the exhibition goes back to 2015 when Areej was elected as representative of Helsingborg's campaign "I am a cultural aunt". In this campaign took a picture of Areej as a cultural aunt where you see Areej holding the culture card high and she wore the Swedish flag as a veil. Initially there were many positive reactions and Areej started using the Swedish flag as a veil in other contexts when it became a symbol for her appreciation. On the other hand, she had to receive a lot of racist claims on the internet and in social media when she had worn the Swedish flag as a veil on National Day. Art and culture have a unique ability to convey people's stories, experiences, dreams and thoughts. Art and culture also give us an opportunity to see the world with the eyes of others. That is exactly what we can do with this exhibition "Here I Am". It also emphasizes the importance of defending the core principle of culture, which is culture's intrinsic value and independence. That culture can provoke, can provoke debate, can criticize, it can question but it can also give courage to act. Art and culture give voice to more, it gives voice to those who have not. That's exactly what Areej's exhibition "Here I Am" does, it gives voice to more, to those who don't. Let's be who we are. We must always stand for and defend this.

​Opening speech by Magnus Lunderquist, chairman of Region Skåne's cultural committee: 2019


- Meeting of minds


Meeting of minds The Artists: Areej Almansory - Isabel Lofgren - Katarina Eismann - Nisrine Boukhari - Sandi Hilal - Valeria Montti Colque Curator : Abir Boukhari. About the Project: Under the pressure of the revolutionary wave that shook Europe at the end of the First World War , the Riksdag approved universal and equal suffrage for women and men on the 24th of May 1919 . In 2019 , Sweden will celebrate 100 years of giving women the right to vote ; this important date inspired me to start a project with female artists in " Meeting of Minds " . | invited six female artists from different cultural backgrounds . Some of them arrived at a new home in Sweden ; others were born in exile or have a transcultural history . It is an invitation to meet , talk , and exchange ideas about their own experiences as female artists , how they investigate the feminist - related concepts in their artworks as well as the subject of migration In my project , I am focusing on the experience of feminist visual practices concerning migration and exile as personal experiences . In linking the terms " art , feminism and migration " , we open a discussion about the imbalanced - seeming relations to refugee representations and push for an approach that captures the daily details of displacement and emplacement in refugee lives , how you could have transcultural personality and to become part of more than one society .







​  Artists

  Areej AL Mansory

  Hodhayfa Salih

How do migrants artists in Scandinavia, see their home land, through their artistic works? And, is the impact of the brutal conflicts, which they been through, are still entrenched in their minds ? and what about the rich culture of each of them in their homeland? The Iraqi memory has precious culture, that made it great references for the Iraqi Artist. However, three Iraqi Artists who are belong to the same culture and who lived the same difficult circumstances, are together again in Scandinavia, presenting an aesthetically visual arts in diferent techniques, to come up with many questions and answers, at the same time they explane the dificulties of being an immigrant, and how the Iraqi Artists deal in a country who have different envirenments and different culture