National Minorities in Stockholm

First-hand accounts, personal possessions, sound recordings and photographs bring you face to face with the people of Stockholm and their everyday lives.

January 29—August 21, 2022
Tunnvalvet gallery, floor 0. Free admission

New photographs by Johan Stigholt let you meet Stockholmers going about their everyday lives. The exhibition looks back in time but also builds on the narratives of people here and now. Their experiences and memories speak of community, silence and pride, sorrow and exhilaration.

Jews, Roma, Sami, Swedish Finns and Tornedalians have been Sweden’s national minorities since 2000. The Sami are also Sweden’s indigenous people. Finnish, Yiddish, Meänkieli, Romani Chib and Sami are minority languages.

Mina’s tallit — prayer shawl — is one of the personal items shown in the exhibition. She sewed it at a Jewish summer camp she was at as an adult. Photo: Anna Juhlin.

The word picture “Vems är du” (Whose are you?) encourages an exploration of the meaning of belonging. It is a common question to identify someone based on a family or a place. The city has historically been an environment where such ties to inherited belonging are cut. For others, roots and inheritance become more important.

“It is not so easy to describe the Tornedalian culture, but music has been a huge part of how we have been able to express ourselves, especially for those of us who have not had the language with us”. Sanna, 27, member of the band The Magnettes. Photo: Johan Stigholt.