Based in: Sweden
Media: Painting, Public Space, Sculpture / Installation
Content: Abstract, Architectural, Conceptual, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Spiritual, Political
My work around "Allborgarrätten" during the last two years is very much concerned with changing values in the Nordic countries, as is my project "Self Build City" about migration and urbanism. In both cases the starting point is a Swedish tradition (Allemansrätten/Egnahemsrörelsen) that I try to put into a contemporary context. I hope you find it worthwile meeting me in Berlin. I enclose the application.
Jan Rydens artist book Allborgarrätten: The Right to the City as a Swedish Tradition was published in 2016 (Arvinius+Orfeus). Allborgarrätten is a word invented by Jan Rydén. The ultimate goal is to change the Swedish constitution. The concept takes its cue from the Swedish allemansrätten; the Right of Public Access in nature. This right is deeply connected to Swedish national identity. With most Swedes today no longer living in the countryside, Jan Rydén has set out exploring an urban equivalent. Even though his investigation takes on a particularly nordic context it is related to an international debate on the right to the city. Along the way he has discovered that his work is part of a global discourse on the Right to the City, which has been particularly important in Latin America. The formulation of the Right to the City has its roots in, among others, the work of French philosopher Henri Lefebvre, who’s Le droit à la ville was published early in 1968.
Along with this verbal exploration Jan Rydén has created a series of pictograms, a pictorial grammar of sorts, which follows its own poetic logic.
The work leading up to allborgarrätten included public talks as well as paintings, drawings and installations. It has been exhibited at Göteborgs konsthall (2016) Södertälje konsthall (2015), Husby konsthall (2015) and Verkstad Rum för konst, Norrköping (2015).
Jan Rydén was also the initiator and one of the four participants of the artistic research project Thinking Through Painting (2009- ongoing). The other participants are Kristina Bength, artist, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, curator, and Sigrid Sandström, artist. It was presented at the exhibition Thinking Through Painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts 23 august 2014- 2 november 2014. The american painters David Reed, Wendy White and Marc Handelman also participated in the exhibition. The book Studio Talks:Thinking Through Painting was published by Arvinius + Orfeus. 2014.
Jan Rydén is a painter, curator and writer whose work often contains a playful double coding. His ‘paintings’ are both works on canvas or paper as well as site-specific installations with sticky tape, paint and stretcher frames. In printed forms these paintings can be transformed to woodcuts or digitally manipulated illustrations.
He lives and works in Stockholm. He has studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2002-2008), as well as at the architecture program at the Royal Institute of Art. He is also active as a curator and project manager at Färgfabriken where he runs the project "Self Build City", exploring self build and co-creation as a tools for inclusive housing for newly arrived immigrants and other persons with low income.