What are the women in the Clarak quarter? Who are the people who have created women's history in Stockholm city? This year, it is a hundred years since women got the right to vote in Sweden and the exhibition The women of the block highlight some of the women who have lived and who live around Stockholm's city center.
They are the working women, the activists who demonstrated, the journalists, the artists, the feminists, the directors of the homeless and the young. Augusta Lundin who opened Sweden's first fashion house on Brunkeberg's square in the late nineteenth century. Maria Johansson who played music on Plattan for many years. Suzanne Osten who started the theater Unga Klara. The artists who took over the Parliament House with a Women's Culture Festival in 1977. But also the women who live here today, like the women in the day-care company Klaragården.
The exhibition can be seen as a time trip where we have been looking for women and stories in the Clarak quarter, and with short stories we tell them. We stretch far back in history as nuns lived on the spot. Recognized names such as the author Selma Lagerlöf and the voting woman Signe Bergman have a given place but also the lesser-recognized women's stories. Like a time machine, we take the same steps as them and highlight their history and the imprints they made. The selection is a small part of the women's history. We hope the exhibition can inspire more people to tell about their and other women's history.
/ Maria Patomella , artistically responsible