A Place in Europe
Cecilia Parsberg and Erik Pauser in collaboration with Haval Muradand and David Martinez Escobar
“Is a person’s destitution a result of individual or of societal failure?”
In December and January of 2019-2020, the film-sculpture A Place in Europe will be displayed outside the main entrance of Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65.
- Art has a crucial role at SSE, leading us to reflect empathetically on the global challenges of contemporary times. A Place in Europe circles around scarcity, despair, belonging and migration and I´m glad that both our students and the pedestrians on Sveavägen get a chance to experience and ponder it. It raises questions some of our researchers try to answer, says Lars Strannegård, President of Stockholm School of Economics.
A Place in Europe is a film-sculpture made by artists Cecilia Parsberg and Erik Pauser in collaboration with architects Haval Muradand and David Martinez Escobar. It is placed outside SSE in a cooperation between Misum (Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets at SSE) and SSE Art Initiative. It takes the form of a house that appears to be sinking into the ground and is a screen where the short film A Place in Europe is shown. The film’s protagonist, Thomas, has for three years been sleeping under a loading platform in Stockholm but is now being evicted. He represents a displaced citizenry, living in a parallel economic, political and social reality. The film tacitly asks the question: “Is a person’s destitution a result of individual or of societal failure?”
The installation is shown in partnership between SSE, Liljevalchs Konsthall, and Stockholm Konst. A Place in Europe has also been shown at Odenplan in Stockholm, in Örebro and Karlstad.
Welcome to the inauguration of A Place in Europe on December 4.
From 17 to 19 on December 4, an opening ceremony will be held outside the school at Sveavägen 65. Welcome to drink some glögg with us, experience the film-sculpture and listen to speakers from SSE and Stockholm Konst. Associate Professor Martina Björkman Nyqvist will speak about her research on development economics in relation to the artwork.
To continue the discussion, SSE is arranging a seminar about wealth inequality and the role of art in democracy on January 22, 16 – 17.30 in room Ragnar. The artists of A Place in Europe and SSE researcher Jesper Roine will be in conversation with Stefan Jonsson, a professor of ethnicity from Linköping University. Open for all.