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Peoples House

2017

social sculpture, participatory monument

Folkets Hus (People House) – a social sculpture),

a project examining the social and political significance of the Folkets Hus (People House) in Lillestrøm, Norway, and the ways that it might live on following its 2015 demolition.

Established in an era when workers were banned from discussing politics in public space, the Folkets hus has served as a safe space for political discussion and social organisation for a century.

Using the site as a starting point for thinking about collective memory of place— what it stood for and how its legacy might be embodied—People’s House seeks to activate alternative modes of memoralisation. Throughout the project, the artist staged several events together with the local witnesses of the house. A reconstruction of a centennial dinner a strikers meeting, floodlighting the building, seminar and several guided tours and talks.

The project was commissions by Akershus Kunstsenter and curated by Rikke Kommissar and Monica Holmen. Supported by Fritt ord, Norsk Kulturråd og Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo.

Keywords:

participatory monument, social sculpture