Karneval (2013)

9-channel video installation and a series of photographs

The project’s point of origin springs from a carnival that was organised in Göteborg by the musician DJ Johan Heintz from 1982 to 1993. Radziszewski uses the photographic and VHS material from the Carnival archives as a starting point to create a video installation for the window of the shop on Kungsportavenyn. He wants to add a queer dimension to the history of the Göteborg carnival. Traditionally a space of gender inversion and sexual transgression the missing queer history of the Göteborg Carnival speaks to repressed elements that carnivalesque tactics can uncover where the carnival itself didn’t. Radziszewski is also interested in the ambiguity of the tradition of face painting. Sometimes it is meant to be fun whereas other times the colours are symbols of war or supporting revolutions and anarchy.

Work commissioned by and exhibited at the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA 2013).