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It is all about

Working Group:  

Parvin Ardalan

Mamak Babak-Rad

Ana Maria Bermeo  

Karim Mortada

Temi Odumosu

In its third year, the 11th program of the Migration Memory Encounters project (MME) was called: “It is ALL About Structures”.


The event took the form of online broadcasts during June 2020 (15th–30th), hosted by Rörelsernas museum, The Museum of Movements (MoM) in Malmö, Sweden. 


Our aim was to provide a space for considering the visible and invisible things that act upon us, and which we act upon. With a particular focus on artistic practices, we covered a range of issues, such as: “Comics: Representation, Racism, and Decolonisation” by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom, “Creating dialogue on structural” racism by Karim Mortada, “Ley Lines and Declarations” by Gita Hashemi, “Museum Changemakers: in Conversation with Nivi Christensen and Brandie Macdonald” about colonial structures present in museums, and “Black Live Matters” in Conversation between Ylva Habel and Jasmine Kelekay.


The overall aim Of MME is to create a space for the sharing of diverse perspectives at a moment of profound global transformation.


Migration Memory Encounters project (MME) is a 3-year project, formed in 2017, created as a necessary platform for migrant artists to showcase their work, nourish creativity, and begin a vital conversation with the Swedish society. 




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Comics: Representation, Racism, and Decolonisation


Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom

Comic book artist, illustrator and adoptee rights activist.

Born in Korea, grew up in Sweden, currently based in New Zealand. She has published several children's books and the graphic novel Palimpsest (2019). She is currently working on a graphic novel that takes a closer look at some of the Swedish Chilean adoptees who were stolen from their families during the Pinochet era.

First virtual event for the MME programme "It is ALL about Structures". Artist Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom shares a powerful visual essay on "Comics: Representation, Racism, and Decolonisation".


Please take some time to watch and then the artist has asked for feedback and reflections here:


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Creating dialogue

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Karim Mortada

Mortada presents a case study on how to create and facilitate dialogue regarding structural racism. Coming from an artistic and design background, Karim created three workshops where the participants got to discuss structural racism. The aim was to investigate on how to facilitate a dialogue on the topic. The results of the workshops suggest guidelines on how to create dialogue about structural racism, in order to create sustainable change. These guidelines are the focus on this presentation, to be used as tools for others in the future! Karim encourage you to leave your own definitions or thoughts on structural racism as comments on the video

Karim Mortada is a visual artist and graphic designer.

He is a Malmö-based visual artist and graphic designer, born in Cairo, Egypt. In 2015, Karim obtained a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in London. As an artist, Karim often works in relation to personal experiences and political events and has been featured in various exhibitions in Egypt, Dubai, London and Sweden. During this past year, Mortada has been studying Interaction Design (MA) at Malmö University. His focus has been on collaboration, participation and engagement within the design field.

Second virtual event for the MME programme "It is ALL about Structures". Karim Mortada encourage you to leave your own definitions or thoughts on structural racism as comments on the video” Creating dialogue on structural racism

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Ley Lines

and Declarations


Gita Hashemi

Artist, Writer, Curator.

Originally from Shiraz, Iran, and now based in Canada, Gita Hashemi is an Iranian-born artist, curator and writer whose experimental transmedia practice spans over thirty years. Her work centers on marginalized histories and contemporary politics through exploring social relations and the interconnections of language and culture. Two of her most recent projects, Emergent and Dreams Reload, include podcasts that are in free distribution. She is currently working on Archive Iran: Encounters with a Century, a multi-part, multi-platform project that foregrounds women’s agency in the 20th Century Iran, and The Woman I Want, an online performance based on the writings of the early-twenieth-century radical feminist, Zandokht Shirazi.

Third virtual event for the MME programme "It is ALL about Structures". Gita Hashemi, in the online conversation with Parvin Ardalan from MME team, will talk about her 2015-2016 project,“Declarations” that took her across three continents as she examined contemporary conditions in which notions of universality of human rights are contradicted structurally as a matter of daily reality.

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Brandie Macdonald

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Nivi Christensen

photo by Mads Pihl/Visit Greenland

Conversation with

Nivi Christensen and Brandie Macdonald



Brandie Macdonald (she/her/hers) is an Indigenous citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, with ancestral ties to the Choctaw Nation. Brandie currently works as the Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the San Diego Museum of Man, which resides on the Indigenous ancestral homeland of Kumeyaay peoples. Brandie's work focuses on the application of anti-colonial and decolonial methodology in museums; an approach which focuses on truth-telling, accountability, repatriation, restitution, and the development of systems that address colonial legacy, structural racism, and inequitable practices. Prior to joining the Museum staff in 2017, Brandie managed First Peoples Fund’s Indigenous Youth Leadership initiatives and the Arts and Economic Capacity Building initiatives on Indigenous reservations nationally. She is experienced in museum education, public engagement, volunteer management, policy and organizational reform, and the cultural stewardship of collections and cultural resources. Brandie received her B.A. in Applied Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, a M.Ed. in International Higher Education at Loyola University, Chicago, and is a Ph.D. student in Education Studies at University of California, San Diego. She was a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, an American Alliance of Museums Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellent recipient and Diversity Fellow, and a Smithsonian Affiliate Fellow.

Nivi Christensen is Greenlandic Art Historian from the University of Copenhagen, specializing in Greenlandic Art. Since 2015 she has been the Head of the biggest of the two art museums in Greenland Nuuk Art Museum. Christensen has had a specific goal to make the museum more relevant for the locals, and question the very big parts of the collection made by European expedition painters. She has written numerous articles on both Greenlandic art and the issues that arise when curating Greenlandic art.

Forth virtual event for the MME programme "It is ALL about Structures".In this online conversation museum changemakers Brandie Macdonald (Museum of Man, San Diego, USA) and Nivi Christensen (Nuuk Art Museum, Greenland) will talk with Temi Odumosu and Ana María Bermeo from the MME team, about their work. The discussion will also explore some of the colonial structures present in museums and the different ways in which they can be tackled and potentially transformed.

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Ylva Habel

Photo by Staffan Carlsson

Jasmine Kelekay

Photo by Lubna El-Shanti/Sveriges Radio

Conversation with

Ylva Habel And

Jasmine Kelekay

Black Lives Matters

Ylva Habel är forskare i medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, med en bakgrund som filmvetare. I hennes interdisciplinärt präglade forskning om fältet antisvart rasism ingår Black Studies, afrodiasporiska, intersektionella och postkoloniala perspektiv, samt kritiska vithetsstudier. I sin nyligen påbörjade forskning om exceptionalistiska affekt-ekonomier fokuserar hon på diskursiva relationer mellan samtida svenska och holländska debattklimat.

I bägge dessa sammanhang finns ofta outtalade färgblinda föreställningar om att vår bakgrund av välfärdspolitik gör antirasistiska perspektiv och åtgärder överflödiga.





Jasmine Kelekay är doktorand i sociologi vid University of California, Santa Barbara. Hennes forskningsintressen berör frågor om relationen mellan rasifiering och kriminalisering, med fokus på konstruktioner av svarthet, institutionaliserad rasism mot afrikanska diasporagrupper, samt de sätt på vilka dessa grupper skapar och utövar motstånd mot rasism.

Kelekays avhandlingsprojekt undersöker hur rasifierade politiska diskurser om brottslighet sprids i en global kontext. Utifrån en etnografisk metod analyserar Kelekay hur dessa diskurser påverkar erfarenheter av polisiär kontroll bland afrosvenskar i Stockholm och Malmö samt svarta amerikaner med invandrarbakgrund i New York.



femte eventet inom ramen för MME 3:3 - "It is ALL about Structures" - är en konversation mellan forskarna Ylva Habel och Jasmine Kelekay som diskuterar Black Live Matters.


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