Body of care and control

Participating artists:

Anna-Karin Rasmusson, Anna Ting Möller, Izabel Lind Färnstrand, Lode Kuylenstierna, Malin Westin, Rebecca Lindsmyr, Snežana Vučetić Bohm


26/1 - 10/2 2019

Open hours:

Wednesday-Friday: 15:00-19:00
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00-16:00

When Köttinspektionen opened in 1930, originally titled Köttbesiktningsbyrån (Meat Inspection Agency), it was with the purpose of providing a governmental institution for the inspection of slaughtered animals. The building was erected in a neoclassical style as a way of elevating the activity of executing control over Swedish meat distribution in and around the city of Uppsala. The original purpose of the building however, also points towards a historical development of governmental care-taking related to public issues of health and wellbeing.

About the exhibition

The exhibition “Body of Care and Control” takes this history as a starting point in order to examine how notions of bodily inspection are treated through a selection of artistic practices today. The artists participating in this exhibition work within a range of media and techniques, but share a common interest in the body as a concept of enquiry. In a contemporary environment where bodies are considered a constant target for exploitation, surveillance and judgement, little room is left open for both mental and physical fragility, deficiency and incapacity. The perception of a healthy body means the perception of an optimized body, obsessed with efficiency and vitality.

The exhibition presents a manifold of ways of executing both care and control over bodies, as well as where, when and how such acts touch upon one another. By presenting artistic work that openly explores inspection and care-taking, what would otherwise take place behind closed doors in the domestic or institutional domains, “Body of Care and Control” aims to broaden the public image of the repressed experiences and obscure actions that constitute being a body today.


The exhibition is curated by the first year's students from the International Master's Programme in Curating Art at Stockholm University: Anne Vigeland, Elias Kautsky, Ellen Klintenberg Gedda, Federica Brigo, Helen-Sophie Mayr, Onur Çimen, Silvia Thomackenstein, Yuying Hu.