Case: Northern Light

August 16th and 17th one of this year’s biggest graffiti events in Stockholm. The exhibition Northern Light is a hommage to a group of progressive Swedish artists in the late 1800s. People like Eugène Jansson, Ernst Josephson and Carl Larsson had a intense exchange with German and French artists. Eventually this group were known as the opponents and made a lot of noise in Swedish art history. They were also connected to the small island of Ljusterö in the Stockholm archipelago, a beautiful, romantic island to where foreign artists also were invited.

This years Northern Light is an exchange between Ljusterö/Stockholm and Germany/Hamburg. Stockholm writer Jeks received an honourable visit by Can Two, Lady Wave and Desk 7, all three long time European legends.

The arranger, the Ljusterö Art Association had a concrete wall, 35 x 2 meter, expecially made for the event. All four of the artists painted the wall and sampled parts from +100 year old paintings by artists like Prince Eugène and John Bauer.

Dokument Press was a vital part of the event, arranging five 90 minutes workshops for a total of over 60 youths. Sketching from idea to finished motif as well as spray painting on a large scale was on the program.

Dokument Press also gave a multi-media performance about the aesthetic history of graffiti, from early 60s tags in New York to the latest evolutions in style.

Throughout this fall, Ljusterö graffiti school will arrange lectures and workshops. Go to (http://www.ljusterograffiti.com/ljuster-graffitiskola) for more info (in Swedish).

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