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Photos by Niclas Fasth and Daniela Auerbach

Traces of existence

- Kattun är cotton


Judiska Museet, c/o Norrköpings Stadmuseum




solo exhibition

For this project, I was invited by the Jewish Museum in Stockholm to create a site specific installation based on the history of block printed-cotton fabrics. At the end of the 18th century, thanks to Jewish businessmen, Indian and Persian patterns made their way to Sweden. These patterns are now considered typically Swedish, despite their eastern origins. To me, this multifaceted project came to be about identity, craftsmanship and cultural appropriation.

“Elsa has sought out the treasure trove of block-printed cotton patterns, and found a way to introduce these into her own art, as well as into the Traces of Existence project.”

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