‘Samexistens'(Coexistence) – Trollhatan, Sweden 2016. Trollhatan Street Art Festival.
Curated by Ekta Ekta.
“This wall is located in Trollhattan town, Southwest of Sweden. In October 2015 a 21 years old Swedish man attacked some children with a sword in a school. One student and one adult died, and one more student and adult were seriously injured, the last one died at the hospital six weeks after the attack. Investigations confirmed that the reason behind the attack was “racist motives” and that it was a “hate crime” choosing the victims because of their ethnicity and the school for its location in a neighborhood with many immigrant population.
Trollhättan has been considered by researchers as the most highly segregated city in Sweden. Surveys frequently show Sweden to be the European country which is most tolerant of immigration, although its population is polarized on the issue.
This wall speaks about coexistence, not from a perspective of institutionalized solidarity, or an asymmetrical cut, a movement from top to bottom, but from understanding it as a basic duty for every human, based on empathy, on compassion, inherent to the fact of meeting people and generating a relationship of mutual giving and receiving.¨ – Hyuro