Back to the future

Text from Konsthall C:


How does a child articulate their thoughts or position when one's writing and speaking is still under the process of developing? Can we imagine other political possibilities than the limits of language? How can art be a tool to articulate other political imaginations?

These are some of the starting points for Back to the Future II - the second stage of a two-year collaborative project between Konsthall C and Farsta's preschool children and teachers, co-commissioned and produced by Konsthall C and Farsta Stadsdelsförvaltning. Back to the Future II's creative process is led by the artists Seçil Yaylali and Jenny Berntsson.

The home is often the first site where we develop our understanding of our role in the world; whether that concerns a concsiousness of our gender, or our position within the family. Back to the Future II invites 500 preschool children to think about their experience of the home and how that shapes how they understand their role in wider society.

In January Seçil Yaylali and Jenny Berntsson delivered workshops over 3 days with 93 preschool pedagogues from Farsta. The workshops drew inspiration from the book Katitzi by Katarina Taikon which focuses on how to bring politics into the lives of children through storytelling. The workshops also included a presentation by Hans Caldaras a Roma activist which shared his personal experience of growing up in Sweden without a home. These contributions created a framework for Yaylali and Berntsson to share pedagogic methods of narration and collective collaging; tools the pedagogues could return to their preschools with, and use to address these political questions.

Following this the pedagogues used the tools developed in January to create artworks with the children. On display at Konsthall C is an exhibition by Yaylali and Berntsson which incorporates some of the resulting visual material made by the children. During the exhibition each school will visit Konsthall C for a workshop with Yaylali and Berntsson. The workshop invites the children to 'demonstrate' their art objects at the gallery, allowing the installation to be reshaped by each visit.

Back to the Future II is the sixth project within our 2 year programme Home Works which responds to Konsthall C's location within Hökarängen's community laundry, investigating the politics of the home and domestic labour. The project has evolved from a question Gunilla Lundahl (one of Home Works' long-term collaborators) posed at the beginning of the programme, asking: what is children's role in society today? In Back to the Future II we follow theorist and activist Silvia Federici's call: The Revolution Begins at Home. Arguing that the home, the place where we learn our first interactions with the world is the starting point for changing how we are organised. It can offer a space of potentiality where new relationships and other modes of communication can be formed.

Back to the Future II is the first collaborative work by Seçil Yaylali and Jenny Berntsson. They met for the first time in 2015 at the artist-run gallery Pasaj in Istanbul which is co-run by Seçil Yaylali.

Seçil Yaylali has worked on a variety of pedagogic and participatory projects with different social groups in Istanbul, Alexandria, Berlin, Barcelona, Beirut and Turin. In each project she creates an environment that supports collaborative production and responds to the specific interests of the participants

Back to the Future II is supported by Farsta Stadsdelsförvaltning. Public programmen in collaboration with ABF Stockholm.