Aleksandra Mir

Life is Sweet in Sweden

GOTHENBURG—With world media eyes on Gothenburg and the largest planned tourist invasion in the city's history, the air is charged with entrepreneurial excitement. But the day-to-day adjustments to all this 'newness' is wearing on the locals. With the novelty comes disenchantment: they are losing their sense of belonging to the beloved city they are so proud to represent. This feeling of displacement grows as the distinction between 'hosts' and 'guests' fizzles into abstraction. Not even a guide uniform guarantees distinction: everyone (including the natives) is a newcomer to the new improved Gothenburg...

Lars Bang Larsen, SIKSI - The Nordic Art Review, Stockholm, #2, 1996