I am Just a Number

Muhammad Ali. Drawings

Muhammad Ali, Drawings. Photo credit Muhammad Ali

LOBBY Kåkenhus, Thursday 7/2, 2 pm

During the Spring 2019 Lobby will show two exhibitions that address waiting. Waiting that war entails and the waiting which the asylumprocess forces upon people. This is the result of a collaboration with the curator Abir Boukhari, who came to Sweden from Damaskus, Syria in 2015.

The first exhibition - ”I am Just a Number”- shows drawings by Muhammad Ali. It is an attempt to grapple with the number that was written on his arm upon arrival on Samos on his way to Sweden. This number can seem like a ticket to a queue and thus as representing a kind of order after the chaos of war. But it is just as much a symbol of the disorder of the asylum process in Europe for those that are forced to endure it.


About Lobby

This is an exhibition space set up at Kåken hus on Norrköping Campus,  to communicate, confront and contextualize research on Campus.  The project is run by Erik Berggren and receives financial support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the research council FORMAS. 


Previous exhibitions

Paula Urbano and Behnam Sadighi

25 maj - 15 October, 2018

The Refugee of the Sorrowful Figure
Paula Urbano


Paula Urbano met a man that applied for asylum, but got deported from Sweden. The film takes form during the year she followed him from Flen, Eskilstuna, Baghdad and Teheran. In her artistic practice Urbano explores existential uncertainty. A condition that arises when fundamental existential components are subject to uncalculated ruptures, are questioned or changed more or less drastically, more or less violently. In this case for the asylum seeking man: after deportation to Irak an unsafe country in war. With references to Don Quijote a meeting takes form that also concerns the task of the Artist. The viewer him/herself has to navigate through possible stories and is maybe confronted with his/her own prejudices along the way.


The Last Daybehnam sadighi
Behnam Sadighi 

2010-2017 (work in progress) 80X100 cm - C-print - Unframed 

This ongoing series looks at the immigration of Iranian youths to distant countries, aspiring to find a better situation and lead a successful life. 

They leave their own country, not to experience new things, but as a form of evacuation, like those who are flood-stricken and forced to seek refuge in a foreign land. This is a daily experience, visiting young students who are trying desperately to leave their country; some wishing to pursue their educational goals and others seeking permanent residency abroad. This project presents their last portraits, taken before theyleave their motherland, as a memory for them to hold, of a land that they may never see again.

This exhibition has been curated by Erik Berggren and produced together with a fantastic group of students from the Program of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Thanks to Esther, Samina, Joachim, Mischa, Gabriella, Chrissy, Mansi.  Also thanks to Glenn Dahlberg at LiU-service for all your help. 



- on migration and solidarity

3 November 2017  - 15 April 2018

This is an exhibition about movements. The movements of refugees, thats is a starting point, but here the focus lies on movements of engagement, knowledge and solidarity.

The photos taken by Renzo Arcuri, Celina Ortega Soto and Nedžad Mešić, exist because of their physical movement and their solidarity with refugees in camps in Greece.  Nedzads photos also captures the formation of a movement, an embryo to a union organisation among informal migrant workers in Northern Sweden - berry pickers.

Renzo ArcuriFoto: Renzo Arcuri