Pussy rayting: Interview with Swedish artist Caroline Falkolt

by Sohail April 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Falkolt Carolina (also known in the graffiti world as Blue) – a unique symbiosis of the writer’s, musician, sculptor, and public figure. Her work is represented in the Art Museum of Gothenburg, wrote about it in such iconic books about female graffiti as Graffiti Woman and Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC. Starting his career in the late 1990s, this girl from snowy Sweden managed to quickly join the Wednesday New York graffiti, having worked with the legendary Lady Pink, and become a member of a well-known teams like Fantastic Partners.

Currently Carolina travels extensively around the world, adorning its large-scale works of many of the city, holds lectures and seminars, and runs in its own center in Gothenburg.FURFUR managed to talk to Caroline about her creative journey, provocative use of the vagina in their works, as well as contemporary art.

Carolina Falkolt

writer, musician, sculptor

FF. Tell me about your life in New York, working with the team and Lady Pink Fantastic Partners.

I moved to New York because of the wave of violence in Sweden, swept in the 1990s. At that time in my country very much parasitized fascist organizations and other “macho romantic” who beat each other face on the streets, and this infection spread to the youth. People were not able to understand a girl like me. In those years, very few women in Sweden failed to fulfill themselves in creativity. I have always had problems with communication and understanding with people, so I never felt comfortable in a large company or group. As a result, I have developed their own approach to communication. When the writer introduced me Sento creative contingent of the South Bronx, I decided not to stay in a Nazi Stockholm and moved to the United States.

Lady Pink gave me a very valuable knowledge about art, techniques, on life itself and New Yorkers. She became my mentor, because when we met, I was still very young and inexperienced. My artistic level – all her merit. Her provocative and accurate style inspired me to explore the laws and regulations of graffiti. It completely changed my thinking and attitude towards life. Lady Pink – the quintessence of female graffiti in New York.

FF.  Some writers called the New York Center for Contemporary Art. Do you agree with this view?

Well, yes and no. New York – certainly the progenitor of street art and graffiti, but, in my opinion, the future of contemporary art is far beyond the Big Apple, because now evolving street art everywhere.

FF.  Did you do a lot of work in different countries. Which of your favorite products?

My best work – a wall of flame in Severomorsk. I worked on the drawing scale of 200 square meters in a very furious pace, in a trance, for over nine hours. Product turned out very frank – my thoughts and feelings expressed by 100 percent. Kindergarten in the Albanian city of Durres – another favorite work, to participate in the creation of a lot of people from the mayor to the kids themselves. In general, I love every one of his work at the concrete walls of residential buildings. Than the wall the higher the better – in this case, my imagination works to the maximum. In addition to graffiti, I love the fresh tracks that I recorded together with Felix Rodriguez from the group The Sounds. They inspire me on a par with the work mentioned in Severomorsk.

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FF.  Tell us about your projects Graffiti Mariestad, cooperation with the movement of Women on Walls in Cairo and CityArtLab in Belarus.

In spring 2010, I was invited to the Swedish city of Mariestad to work on the project a huge silo, which were soon to be destroyed. The project involved hundreds of people of different professions: painters, sculptors, filmmakers, and musicians. Graffiti Mariestad be called similarity sand mandala. Work was ritually destroyed after its creation. Municipality made both constructive and destructive force: we were allowed to create a tower provided its complete destruction after shutdown.

After project Graffiti Mariestad organization Y-Gallery invited me to Belarus to participate in a seminar on different kinds of art in collaboration with local artists. Subject of the event was focused on the theme of communication of modern electronic music, graffiti and society.

Women on Walls organization engaged in the development of women’s art in Muslim countries, but is strongest in Egypt. Its representative offered me a job in Cairo ideological organizer. Together with the Egyptian girls we held a master class and jointly created several murals in Bors – one of the areas of central Cairo.

I try not to analyze their work, not to terrorize himself with thoughts about their efficacy or how managed to embody the idea and all that jazz. Such an attitude to art – the inheritance of the capitalists. My work – a simple process.

FF.  Several times you drew close up female genitals. End your work with the image of the vagina in Nykoping sparked vigorous debate in the media and the scandal with the local authorities. What do you want to show depicting female genitalia?

There are several reasons. First – that femininity and vagina associated with something negative or weak, especially vividly in the graffiti culture. The second – that women struggle for their place or occupation rights considered provocative. This state of affairs at the same time scares me and enthralls. In the history of art and graffiti there are countless images of naked women. But there are only a few pictures of the genitals or female nudity, created to show the working woman, reflect a feminist struggle for their rights, to expose us as a subject and not an object. Why men can portray his penis as you like, and we prohibit such acts and criticize? In my opinion, this discrimination is very funny and looks stupid.

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FF.  Let’s talk about your music. In your idea came to create a composition «Svaboda Slova» and why you chose the title for the Belarusian language?

After traveling to Belarus, where, as I said, I fruitfully collaborate with local artists and musicians, I was worried about the issue of freedom of speech. My thinking sooner or later always flow in one of the following works. I often write songs and compose music before the next work of art, even call your music “sketches.” At the time I created a job Yttrandefrihet («freedom of speech” in Swedish. – FURFUR) on one of the walls of the Swedish town of Alingsås.

FF.  Every year you spend lectures and seminars on contemporary culture and public art. What social problems are most excite you?

Freedom of speech, freedom of creativity and feminism. In fact, it is the component parts of the term “freedom”.

FF.  How do you think, should the contemporary art to cooperate with government agencies?

Everything depends on the orientation. I work with the public authorities, mainly to implement large-scale projects on the walls – they give me a platform and an opportunity to work legally, that is good. The majority of these collaborations very cleverly thought out by the State and the artist must be extremely careful in such matters, so as not to undermine its reputation.

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