Sex, suicide, socialism, spirit and steretypes

7 December 2019 - 24 January 2020

Sex, suicide, socialism, spirit and steretypes

Place ul. Rynek 26, 41-902 Bytom, POLAND
Organizer Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Kronika / Centre for Contemporary Art Kronika
More info http://kronika.org.pl/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/item/1043-sex-suicide-socialism-spirits-eng

The Post-Residence Exhibition / Artists: Rosie Dahlstrom, James Duffy, Mary Evans, Ben Fitton, Katrine Hjelde, Sally Jane, Jolanta Jastrząb, Karolina Konopka, Kolektyw Biuro Podróży (Paweł Mendrek, Małgorzata Szandała, Ewa Zasada), Gloria Lopez-Cleires, Gary Marshall-Stevens, Reyhaneh Mirjahani, Eleanor Neason, Martin Newth, Johanna Oskarsson, Beate Persdotter Løken, Rasmus Richter, Laura Rosser, Secondeditions (Elizabeth Peebles and Marcus Eisenmann), Alexander Stevenson, Kolbrún Inga Söring, Veera Rustomji, Miłosz Wnukowski / Curator: Agata Cukierska / On 27 July 1960, while addressing a group of a few hundred Republicans, the then President of the USA, Dwight D. Eisenhower enumerated the disastrous effects of the prosocial policy in Sweden, associating socialism with excessive sexual freedom, alcohol abuse and the highest suicide rate in the world. To some extent, Eisenhower’s speech, verging on what is today referred to as fake news, was based on the provocative essay by Joe David Brown, titled “Sin and Sweden”, published in 1955 in the Times Magazine. In the text, questioned by experts and violating the press code of ethics, Brown presented a one-sided image of a country guided by dubious moral standards and its secularised society deprived of Christian values. Brown also used limited statistical data concerning, among others, the access to and the rate of abortion as well as some inconsistent information on the teenagers sex education programme introduced in Sweden as a pioneering project. To Eisenhower and his Republican audience, the statistics made Sweden a perfect example of socialism bringing about the fall of a nation. (...)