Åsa Elzén





Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration

or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge /

Skogen kallar – Ett oändligt kontaminerat samarbete eller

Dansandet är en form av skogskunskap

    – Extension #2 at The Experimental Field, Accelerator, SU

    – Extension #1 In Forest Intervals

Notes on a Fallow – The Fogelstad Group and Earth /

Träda – Fogelstadgruppen och jord

    – A Growing Fallow Archive / Ett växande träda-arkiv

    – Biography of a Fallow / En trädas biografi

    – Transcript of a Fallow / Avskrift av en Träda

    – Boy! / Pojken!

    – Fogelstad Fågelstad Fågelsta Fågelholk Fågelbo

    – The Other School / Den andra skolan

   – A Growing Archive on the Women’s Barn and Livestock

    School at Fogelstad / Ett växande arkiv över Kvinnliga

    Ladugårdsutbildningen vid Fogelstad

    – A Step to the Side / Ett steg åt sidan

    – A Growing Peace with the Earth Collection

    – Transcript of Transcripts: Elin – Bang /

    Avskrifter av avskrifter: Elin – Bang 

    – Why do things when you could leave it? – An attempt,

    an in-between land / Varför gör man saker då man kunde

    låta bli? – Ett försök, ett gränsland

While I am trying to get to know Fredrika, I am always

thinking of you.

Memory of an Event

    – Memory of an Event I (Dear Honorine / Dearest Signe)

    – Memory of an Event II

History History

The Collaboration: MS and AL

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Scandinavian journey 1795 re-traced

    – The Glade I

    – The Glade II

    – Who Fooled Whom?

YES! Association/Föreningen JA!

    – A New Spelling of a Street – A tribute to Audre Lorde

    – All that you touch You Change. All that you Change

       Changes you.


    – (art)work(sport)work(sex)work

    – Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise


    – We Will Open a New Front/Lee H. Jones

    – (Dis)agreements?

    – When hell froze over

The guide and the seeing man

Project Description

I’ll be you if you’ll be me

A year of sisterhood

Getting Dressed

Bollywood Basketball


above and below (from top down):

one print of ten, The Other School

installation view The Other School, Sörmlands museum

installation view The Other School, Sörmlands museum

one print of ten, The Other School

one print of twelve, The Other School, (earlier version), 34,5 x 30 cm, 2019

the photograph depicts “Maren Holebakk with friend, Fogelstad”

The Other School

Den andra skolan

Axel Fredriksson 1930s / Åsa Elzén 2020

Ten prints 57,5 x 34,5 cm of ten cellulose nitrate negatives by Axel Fredriksson, photographed at Fogelstad during the 1920s and 30s. Selection, title and adapted by Åsa Elzén with permission from the Nordic Museum Archive

part of  Notes on a Fallow – The Fogelstad Group and Earth

Träda – Fogelstadgruppen och jord

The portraits have primarily been selected from Axel Fredriksson’s photography collection while they refer by inscriptions to “the other school” at Fogelstad – the Women’s Barn and Livestock School. As farms grew larger and the care of livestock became increasingly industrialized,  women, who often cared for the livestock at smaller farms, were pushed out of the skilled jobs they had previously held on the farms and replaced by a male workforce. All that was left for women were menial tasks, such as milking – monotonous and difficult type of labor with no possibilities for advancement. To counter this, Tamm ran a one-year education for women only, so that they could work as forewomen at the barn and livestock sheds. Axel Fredriksson who took the pictures was born in a bond servant family at Fogelstad, where he came to work with various tasks on the farm and in the forest. In time, he also became a self-taught photographer and documented daily life at Fogelstad. His collection consisting of 3,000 negatives is today at the Nordic Museum. During the spring 2020, it turned out that Sörmlands museum during the 1990s received a box of Axel Fredriksson’s unsorted photographs and negatives. From both of these collections, Åsa Elzén draws further stories from the lives of the students at the Women’s Barn and Livestock School at Fogelstad.