Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden


Footering notes
With Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie, Gabo Camnitzer, Helena Fernández-Cavada, Alice Miceli, and more.  Image Credit: Paul Abbott

Across Galleri Mejan, Fylkingen and the medium of printed posters, the Mejan research residents of The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, share insights into their practice through workshops, exhibitions, performances and seminars.

The Mejan residents, Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie, Gabo Camnitzer, Helena Fernández-Cavada and Alice Miceli have researched in unique and various fields, both in Stockholm and internationally. Footering Notes invites audiences to experience some of the footering (a Scottish word meaning ‘to fiddle with’) these residents have undertaken during their time at RIA.


Friday 13th May
Opening of Exhibition at Galleri Mejan, Skeppsholmen 17:00–20:00
Exhibition continues until Saturday, 21 May
Open weekends 12:00–17:00 and weekdays 12:00–16:00

Sunday 15th May
Day and Evening of events at Fylkingen, Mariatorget
Program TBC

Address for events:
GALLERI MEJAN: Exercisplan 3, Skeppsholmen (Next to Moderna Museet)
FYLKINGEN: Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2 (Over the parking lot and in the vault!)
(Ingång Münchenbryggeriet, från Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
genom valvet, över parkeringen, T-bana Mariatorget)

The exhibition space presents the work of some of the Mejan Residents, in most detail the show displays Helena Fernández-Cavada’s new publication that contains an epistolary conversation with her mother about the daily life under Franco’s dictatorship, a dialogue where emotional grammars between text and drawing can be interchange to debate with the recent Spanish history. Also displayed is Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris’ video installation ‘Penelope and Lucinda’, an expanded feminist adaptation of The Odyssey (Homer 750 BC), the Frank Perry film The Swimmer (1968) and Liljeholmsbadet, a swimming structure in Stockholm built in 1929. Between these major works in the exhibition are subtle interventions from the other residents, which emphasises expanded research practices.

May 15, 13.00–23.00
The day’s program features a wide range of activities, including a book launch, performances, artistic research with children, film screenings, DJs and Karaoke. Contributing artists include Bronwyn Jean Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie, Gabo Camnitzer in collaboration with PhD student in Early Childhood Education Christine Eriksson, Helena Fernández-Cavada, Frida Sandström, Cinenova (Tina Keane and Abigail Child), Moa Franzén, Madeleine Kozma, Alina Tenser and Chris Domenick.

Footering Notes is a collaboration between the Mejan Residents, Fylkingen and Frida Sandström. More information on the artists:

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris
Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris (b. 1984) is an Australian born Stockholm based, artist and curator. Her interests are focused upon processes of adaptation, translation and the performance of self in contemporary art through an intersectional feminist lens. Recent research placements include; from 2014 to 2016, Mejan Resident, a post-graduate research placement in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungl. Konsthögskolan), 2013–2014 CuratorLab at Konstfack-University College of Art and Design, Stockholm. Recent exhibition credits include Prufrock (in three acts) at Konstfack Gallery, Storkyrkabdet and Index and Bellowing Echoes at Gertrude Contemporary. Recent teaching experiences include lectures on Chantal Akerman, workshop series on Stephen Willats, Simone Forti and Chris Kraus with Index-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Film i Samtidskonsten, Gerlesborgskolan and Konstfack.

Gabo Camnitzer
Gabo Camnitzer is an artist and teacher based in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a lecturer in fine art at Valand Academy at Gothenburg University. He has exhibited spaces such as: Gertrude Contemporary Art Center, Melbourne, Australia. Exit Art, New York, USA. Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany, among others. He currently sits on the editorial board of the Swedish art magazine, Paletten.
For his project ‘Meaning Machine’, Camnitzer is conducting research with children with the aim of politically and theoretically situating the use of artistic, poetic and philosophical thought processes by children during early childhood as part of the wider context of art as a mode of meaning-making. In collaboration with early years pedagogue Christine Eriksson, Gabo Camnitzer will be conducting a series of activities with children at Fylkingen, investigating space and sound.

Cara Tolmie
Cara Tolmie is an artist living in Stockholm and London. Her practice experiments from within the intersections of performance, experimental music and moving image and draws from debates surrounding feminisms, the politics of music and experimental pedagogy. She was included in the LUX Associate Artists Programme and is also on the editorial collective for Cesura//Acesso Journal, a publication exploring music, politics and poetics. Other recent exhibitions and performances include Pilot, Solo Exhibition, Rowing London; Exhibition, Pley, commissioned and produced by Picture This, Solo Exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol and Artissima, Turin; and Otiumfold residency and performance commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Frieze Projects at Frieze Art Fair, Read Thou Art and Read Thou Shalt Remain, Solo Exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Helena Fernández-Cavada
Helena Fernández-Cavada was born in Madrid and since 2006 she doesn’t wear a watch. She tries to draw every day in order to launch questions and play with them, a process that ranges from the conceptual nomadism, the questioning of established relationships and contradiction as an attitude towards life.

Alice Miceli
Alice Miceli is a Brazilian artist, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Her exhibition record includes the Sao Paulo Biennale, Nara Roesler Gallery, in Sao Paulo, and Max Protetch Gallery, in New York. Her work has been shown widely, including the Japan Media Arts festival, in Tokyo, the TRANSITIO_MX festival, in Mexico City, the transmediale festival, in Berlin, and Documenta XII, in Kassel, among others. Fellowship awards include the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Djerassi, and the Dora Maar House. Alice is the recipient of the 2014 PIPA Prize, in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2015 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Award, in Miami. She is currently a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, in the Netherlands.

Alina Tenser
Alina Tenser was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She received her BFA from School of the Visual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, CA; and Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY, and Gallery Diet, Miami. Most Recently Tenser’s work was shown at Kate Werble Gallery and Susan Inglett gallery in NY. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012.

Frida Sandström
Frida Sandström is an artist, writer and critic based in Stockholm. She is the producer of art collective MYCKET and part of the editorial board of Paletten Art Journal. She writes regularly for Feministiskt perspektiv and for Kunstkritikk and she was recently guest editor for an issue of the magazine Kritiker, together with Moa Franzén and Caroline Taracci Nilsson. Together with writer Samira Motazedi, Frida develop the performance research project Neshast and she is also involved in the unruly conversation Kapoff–likecommentshare, together with artist Angelica Falkeling. For further information, see:

Moa Franzén
Moa Franzén (b. 1985) is an artist and writer based in Stockholm. Her practice encircles writing and performance and places itself in and between visual arts, choreography and literature. Franzén often works within curatorial collaborations where the organisation of temporary spaces for exchange, conversation and performance in contexts defined by the participants themselves is central.
Franzén has a Bachelor in Visual Arts from The Royal Institute of Art and Kunstakademiet in Bergen, and a Master in Choreography from New Performative Practices at DOCH. She has shown work nationally and internationally, curated and organised exhibitions, seminars and performances, been published in a number of publications and magazines, and works editorially for the literary magazine Kritiker, where she is a member of the editorial board.

Chris Domenick
Chris Domenick is a visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, and performance. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the C-12 Award from Hunter College in 2013. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and has been an artist-in-residence at Recess Activities and is currently participating in the Sharpe-Walentas Space Program. He has been included in exhibitions at Room East, Regina Rex, Torrance Shipman, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox Populi, White Box, Louis B James, The Center for Experimental Lectures, The Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA.

Madeleine Kozma
Madeleine Kozma is an artist based in Stockholm. She has exhibited at spaces such as Zalaegerszeg, Trailer gallery, and Paralax London. She just completed a residency at Dclinic studios, Hungary.

Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, artists film and video, documentary and educational videos.

Financed by artistic research and development funding from Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Letters and Roots also received support from Inter Arts Center and the Spanish Embassy in Stockholm


Start Time: 2016-05-13 17:00
End Time: 2016-05-21 17:00
Location: Galleri Mejan / Fylkingen