This year, this month, this day
Verkligheten in Umeå, Sweden, is a non commercial art space, managed by a board of artists since 2001. Our platform has a broad vision and encourages experiments and new initiatives. We make room for both unestablished and the established, the local and international, and all the diversity it offers.
This approach gives ultimate freedom for our artists – invited or having applied with a project. It widens perpectives and gives the visitors the vital nourishment needed. To empower the public even further, we also stage talks and host seminars about art and the world in which we live – The Reality.
The Commons, Resistance & peripheral collectives
During this year, Verkligheten continues in the direction pointed out in 2014 – the year when Umeå was appointed the Cultural Capital of Europe. We are looking at connections between environmental movements, city planning, local commitment and art. We aim to focus as spaces of freedom – areas still to be kept away from conventions and streamlining.
Examples of if can be found in acts of resistance in the inlands of our own region or in collectives working in the periphery, combining artistic creation with utopian thinking.
The ideal hub for this kind of activity is our own back yard. During the festival that we organized during 2014 – Survival Kit – our yard transformed into a green oasis from a stiff asphalted area. Our ramschakled shed was reformed into something different where we had presentations, food workshops and a visually appealing pantry – all because of ideas, dreams and the work Umeå Pantry. Much had happened in this area before, and has happened afterwards. We are steadily continuing on that path during 2018!