Selma Kjesen on Malmö
Introducing our Malmö Report is Selma: a free spirit, artist, nude model, and performance artist. Born and brought up around the youthful city of Malmö, Selma tells us about the ins-and-outs of the city for an underground experience of the city’s hidden treasures.
With cultural life booming in Malmö, and the city nurturing young artists to become participating members, spreading their ideas and thoughts, this had lead to the creation of a vast number of art galleries, and kick-off projects in which organisations and artist come together and support one another. Malmö disguises itself in popular culture such as The Turning Torso and the Öresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen to Sweden but on the other side of this is the hub of creative youth that are inspired by everything, and are bursting to scrawl it all over the walls.
Have you always lived in Malmö?
Yes, actually. I’ve lived in Malmö for most of my life.
Where is your favourite place for:
If you are looking for really good coffee you must stop by ‘Kaffebaren’ at Möllevångstorget, and they also serve these amazing croissants. The seating there is not so comfortable, so its not somewhere you would spend hours and hours.
b. Cocktails and Beers
For cocktails I would say Grand, the atmosphere there is fantastic, it’s got a New York kind of feeling because it has so much space and doesn’t look like anywhere in Malmö, maybe even Sweden, I think! For Beers - På Besök -has great collection of beers, and most of them are ecological.
Östra Hamnen is a great place for a view, there’s a bridge there that goes over the railway when the rails split apart, especially at night you can see the lights moving in separate directions, its really beautiful!
Another place for great views is ‘Steppen’. You can go to the roof near Industrigatan and watch the skateboarding park filled with graffiti, and sometimes I watch the sun rise in the mornings here (but I don’t want to be responsible for intoxicated people falling down off the roof!)
If you had a free afternoon in Malmö what would you do?
Simpan, Probably. The atmosphere there is amazing, the coffee might not be the best, but the atmosphere makes it worth it. Sometimes, I hang out in the park at Folkets park, if its good weather, or I would grab a falafel at the corner at Möllan and hang out there.
What would be your ideal night out in Malmö?
Maybe Gallery Butcher where I could start the night and have some wine and look at the art and talk with people, maybe jam in the basement, and from there you could end up anywhere but most of the roads end up at Kontrapunkt. Everything is better in the summer when people have these ”hemligt kalas” or ”secret parties” just on the streets, under bridges and in the park.
How would you spend your ideal weekend?
I like to go for independent movies to Biograf Spegeln. Malmö is really fantastic when it comes to its art scene; Dansstationen, Lilith Performance Studio and Inkonst - they have really good shows, worth checking out.
What is one thing in Malmö you couldn’t live without?
I have already mentioned all the things I keep close to my heart. Maybe Özen Allfrukt, the grocery store. I would have starved to death otherwise, because their food is so cheap, I have even been dumpster diving there, since its one of the best spots for doing that.
What’s your favourite building in Malmö?
I really like the National Library building, the Stadsbiblioteket.
What do you think of Malmö transport?
Go by bike for fuck’s sake! The buss takes more time and walking takes even more. Biking is just so much better, when the wind is good to you.
What's coming up for you in 2014?
I’m going to do a performance at Lilith performance studio, its called Eden- The pow(d)er of Fear, and its running from the end of May till the beginning of June. Then I will be travelling for the summer until I come back and create my Exhibition in the fall for which I have been funded by the city of Malmö! Alongside that I will be working (as little as possible) to support myself as an artist.
Selma is 20 years old and is striving to become a full time artist. With cultural life booming in Malmö, and the city nurturing young artists to become participating members, spreading their ideas and thoughts, this had lead to the creation of a vast number of art galleries, and kick-off projects in which organisations and artist come together and support one another.
Interview and Words: Meenakshi Malik
Photography: Ash Francisco
Selma’s performance at the Lilleth Performance Studio is the creation of Finnish artist Henna-Rikka Halonen. It has been described as an exploration into the minds of the audience, and based on constructivist idea of the world. The audience is given the space to wonder freely and interpret the play as it flirts with reality and illusion, creating a world inside a world.
The whole set of Eden, The Pow(d)er of Fear has a repetitive structure and is full of mirror images. lt is like a mise en abyme, a world within worlds, stories within stories where the line between "real" and "illusion is difficult to determine. The starting point for Eden, The Pow(d)er of Fear is the French Nouveau Romain writer Alain Robbe Grillet’s film, L’Eden et Apres (After Eden) from 1970.
The writer Halonen, uses a wide range of historical and cultural references, including Avant –Garde theatre and science fiction literature and cinema – testing the tensions between performers, audience and acting and non-acting. As an artist, she creates spaces within spaces or events within events, stories within stories, in which social possibilities are both rehearsed, performed and reenacted. In this, historical and contemporary references are brought together through an inter-textual playfulness in collage like process.
Eden, The Pow(d)er of Fear plays at Lilleth Performance Studio on the 29th- 31st of May and the 5th – 7th of June. ickets and more information at lilithperformancestudio.com