Galleri Majkens is an artist-run gallery producing feminist-themed exhibitions and events on selected locations in Stockholm. The curatorial work involves an intersectional collective of women artists and curators representing fluent- and queer structures in Stockholm's male-dominated cultural scene. It is run by:
M A G D A L E N A B L O M
w i t h :
M A J K E N S ADVISORY BOARD
Artist, Illustrator and Cultural producer
Galleri Majkens was founded in 2017 by Magdalena Blom. The gallery logo is an interpretation of the unique asymmetrical features of the space we first started at, the neighbouring room to Majkens café at Tegelbruksvägen in Midsommarkransen, south of Stockholm. With the launch of Midsommarkransen’s new gallery space we also stipulated our manifesto:
M A N I F E S T O
“Galleri Majkens focuses on discovering new, exciting contemporary art. By the promising 'up-and-comings' and also more established artists, from both the Nordic- and the International art scene.
We are working from a feminist perspective, making equality our main goal. By taking this stance, we want to be part of art history being written today. Working to create an equal art world where female, and non-binary artists can achieve the same kind of representation as their male colleagues, thus sharing the public space equally.
By giving preference to female, and non-binary artists we want to counteract the current unequal cultural climate. By doing so, the gallery wishes to discover, nurture and create new strong feminist role models for the contemporary art world of today.”
After a year in the neighbouring room to Majkens café, the gallery moved out and transformed to be a nomadic gallery space. We chose to keep the name and the logotype as a reminder of our place of departure.
The name Majken originates from the owner of the café, who created an acronym of her family member´s first names, which resulted in M A J K. With that female name we lay the foundation for the gallery’s feminist focus, making the name part of our fight for equal representation in Stockholm’s male dominated gallery scene.
La Dekoloniala! is an educational, artistic, and cultural organization whose main goal is to bring forward decolonial knowledge from the global South that has been pushed out from discourse by white western academia. La Dekoloniala co-curated the exhibition 'Min Kropp, Mitt Val/Mi Cuerpa, Mi desición' with Galleri Majkens.
Amnesty Latinamerika engages people of Sweden to act on abuse on human rights, creating a discourse with government and other institutions of power in Latin America. Patricia Wallin and Camilla Bergius from Amnesty Latinamerika moderated the opening night of 'Min Kropp, Mitt Val/Mi Cuerpa, Mi desición' 2020. And as a part of the exhibition programme they arranged a protest for safe and legal abortions.
PeaceWorks Stockholm is a local co-organisation to PeaceWorks Sweden and works for young people´s right to organise and be influential. PeaceWorks Stockholm co-curated 'Min Kropp, Mitt Val/Mi Cuerpa, Mi desición' with Galleri Majkens.
Galleri Majkens officially donated a copy of the book sHEROes (which the exhibition 'Women in War' was based on) to the feminist archive of Stockholms Museum of Women's History.
Detroit, Stockholm is an artist-run collective that provides a free platform and a gallery for artists from various disciplines. Detroit hosted the collaborative exhibition 'Min Kropp, Mitt Val/Mi Cuerpa, Mi desición' Galleri Majkens co-curated in 2020.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation promotes women’s rights in conflict-affected areas. Johanna Arkåsen, gave a seminar on her work for Kvinna till Kvinna in the Kaukasian area, for Galleri Majkens 'Women in War' exhibition, Oct, 2019.
A collaborative organism looking to find and create alternatives, aiming to nurture a new environment. IQECO is guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking. IQECO participated with their Common Survival box in 'Unreliable Naturalists' in April 2019.
Key public figure for the feminist movement in Sweden and former leader of the Swedish feminist party FI (feministiskt Initiativ). Schyman inaugurated Galleri Majkens exhibition MOTHERS-The Personal is Political, 2017.
Swedish comedian, founder of feminist stand-up club Stand Up Yours and on tour with her solo show "TJOCKIS- en superviktig stand up show". Sandin inaugurated Irina Laaja´s solo exhibition [fe]male gaze at Galleri Majkens, 2018.
Swedish nation-wide organisation working to improve the Swedish obstetric care for women. Födelsevrålet inaugurated Galleri Majkens group show MOTHERS-The Personal is Political and participated in the exhibition with a selection of their organisation's birth testimonies.