Portraits of Politicians and Celebrities
“Camilla Holmqvist’s pictorial world is both familiar and unfamiliar – there is something absolutely committed in her total disregard of the art world’s restrictive standards for how to portray people,” Mårten Castenfors, Director, Liljevalchs explains.
Born in 1966, Camilla Holmqvist has worked, since 1999, at the Inuti Lilla Essingen studios, which provide daily activities with an artistic orientation for people supported under the entitlement law regulating support and service to persons with certain functional disabilities (LSS).
Holmqvist works primarily with pictorial series in techniques such as embroidery, drawing, watercolours or graphics. The series Politiker ställs mot väggen, i panelen kända personer [Politicians are nailed down, celebrities in the panel], includes Swedish politicians such as prime minister Stefan Löfven and the leader of the Centre Party, Annie Lööf, artists such as Cornelis Vreeswijk and Tommy Körberg and international celebrities including Barack Obama and Bob Dylan.
“I am interested in politics and follow current events on television. I believe it is important that people with special needs receive the help they need and that it is the responsibility of politicians to make sure that this happens”.
Inuti started out as an art project during the 1998 European Cultural Capital of Europe. From 2001 it has been organised as a daily activity and has several studios in central Stockholm. There is also an international network of activities that has inspired and with which the Swedish organisation collaborates.
The exhibition runs from 10 November till 10 December. Open Tuesday–Thursday 12 am–8 pm, Friday–Sunday 11am–5 pm. Admission free.