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School holiday

Tensta "art camp" for kids

"Wonderful to watch them..."
2:56 min
Tensta center

In this the nation-wide holiday week for school youngsters looking for pre-winter recreation and other activisties, a well-known art gallery in an immigrant-rich Stockholm suburb is offering a special invitation to an "autumn art camp"

The Tensta Art Gallery in the suburb of the same name has attracted international attention with its exhibits, video showings and discussions bringing in Swedish and foreign artists and attracting even many Stockholmers otherwise reluctant to travel to what they might regard as far-away and even hostile territory so far from the trendy galleries down town.

The gallery also makes repeated efforts to involve the local community in this immigrant- dominated suburbs

For this autumn school holiday program, the gallery has invited around a dozen youngsters between the ages of 13 to 16 to look at their world with the eyes of an artist or photographer.

One is Yared Mohammedi - taking pictures of trees, moss-covered stones, bushes with red rose hip seed pods, people and streets.

Swedish artist and curator Katarina Lindgren is running this autumn art camp - and says she decided that in this concrete-heavy suburb, nature should be the source of stimulation for the youngster's creativity.

She wants the youngsters to test their limitations … look around … and see if there are things they would really like to dig into.

One autumn art camp participant is 15-year old Asia Ahemed, who lives in the neighboring, immigrant-rich suburb Rinkeby - another zone so far away from many blonde and blue eyed Swedes living in town or in other mostly-Swedish suburbs.

She admits she's never been to the Tensta art gallery before, and saw a poster about the project at her school.

She thought she would concentrate her artistic work on colors … and that the cool and wet Swedish autumn is a bit grey .. but that will have to do.

All but one of the autumn art camp participants are girls. The only boy is Eliot Hemmingsson Cuzner who lives in another suburb closer to the city center, Aspudden.

But he is a frequent visitor to the Tensta Art Gallery and this is his second fall art camp. He feels this helps him see new things .. new perspectives and light and focus … things he wouldn't otherwise notice.

Artist Katarina Lindgren says she and the youngsters sometimes talk about technique, competison…. but, she concludes that the youngsters are mostly on their own. .. and that it is wonderful to just to watch them discover the world around them.

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