Korvfest, Peter Johansson, 2014,  Photo Matti Östling
Korvfest, Peter Johansson, 2014, Photo Matti Östling 

National Therapy by Peter Johansson

15/11/2019 - 01/03/2020

Institut suédois 
11, rue Payenne 
75003 Paris


Peter Johansson appropriates symbols of Swedish heritage and, never fearing ridicule, impersonates well-known national figures. Adopting a powerful aesthetic on the frontiers of kitsch, he asks some highly topical questions: where is the boundary between pride in one’s country and nationalism? Who does cultural heritage belong to, and who is entitled to appropriate it? At what point do national emblems become set in stone? What symbols and images are able to represent a nation, and who makes that decision?