Series of lectures — History in the making - on art, solidarity and power #4

The artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren and the asylum lawyer from RFSL Patrick Bazanye, give a lecture and discuss the importance of the lgbtq-organization, survival stategies and the life conditions of lgbtq-people in a national and international perspective. Can visual art and social movements support the lifes of lgbtq-people in times of hostility?

Part 4/5: Lgbtq-organization and survival strategies in a transnational perspective

The talk is held in english.

13.00-13.15 Introduction by Märit Simonsson
13.15-13.45 Conny Karlsson Lundgren
13.45-14.15 Patrick Bazanye
14.15-15.00 Conversation with the guests led by Camilla Påhlsson

Camilla Påhlsson, projectmanager and Märit Simonsson, projectassistent of The White House.

How can visual art and social movements support the lifes of lgbtq-people in times of migration and urgent hostility? What do the survival strategies look like when rules and laws reproduce discrimination and structural racism? How is the lgbtq-identity affected? The asylum seeking process? How can art be a part of the struggle and give shape to cultural change? All questions of remembrance in order to renew.

In connection to the contemporary art exhibition The White House, Konstfrämjandet Västerbotten produces a series of talks that aims to increase the understanding of different perspectives on history making, art and the importance it had – and continues to have – on society and the individual. With different themes, the ” white spots” contextualises the debate what it means to be human.

The event is produced by Konstfrämjandet Västerbotten in collaboration with Västerbottens museum. Co-organizers are Newcomers – RFSL Umeå, RFSL, The Rainbow Library, Rättighetscentrum Västerbotten, ABF Umeå regionen, Region Västerbotten.

The event is also part two of the event ” It’s your right to be you”. Part one is held on May 17th on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. More info here:

# Conny Karlsson Lundgren (b.1974) is a visual artist currently based in Stockholm. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Valand Art Academy, university of Gothenburg. In his art practices, he is fascinated by the ephemeral, seemingly temporary traces and moments that together form a larger context. With film, text, image and documents, he focuses on a non-linear associative history writing that explores the boundaries between the social, political and private identity. In recent years, Karlsson Lundgren’s work has been exhibited extensively both in Sweden and internationally.

# Patrick Bazanye (b.1990) is as an asylum lawyer as well as a public counsel, working with RFSL in Stockholm. He holds a bachelor of laws degree from Uganda university and partly from Uppsala university. His work entails representing asylum seekers at the Migration Board, writing asylum applications, giving public lectures to RFSL Newcomers and giving free legal advice to RFSL members who are still seeking asylum in Sweden and Europe. Bazanye came to Sweden from Uganda as an asylum seeker four years ago.

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