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

Transcript of a Fallow

Avskrift av en Träda

appliqué, recycled textile, 470 x 600 cm, 2019

Commissioned for GIBCA 10 Part of the Labyrinth, curated by Lisa Rosendahl, made with assistance from Malin Arnell, Britta Elzén, Mar Fjell, Enikö Marton and Markus Wetzel. Supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. 

Transcript of the carpet En Träda (“A Fallow”), tapestry, wool, linen, 470 x 600 cm, 1919–1920, by Elisabeth Tamm at Fogelstad who conceived the idea and commissioned, by Maja Fjaestad who conceptualized and composed, by Amelie Fjaestad who weaved.

To leave land fallow means to allow it to lie uncultivated in order to regain its fertility. The piece is a continuation of Elzén’s long-term work with the legacy of the queer feminist initiative the Fogelstad Group formed in Sweden in 1921. Elzén’s work is a transcript of a carpet titled, En Träda (“A Fallow”) made by Maja and Amelie Fjaestad in 1919–20, that lay in the library at the farm and education centre Fogelstad. The use of the term ”transcript”, rather than copy, proposes a historiographical process interwoven with the present: by reworking the original, a contemporary reading of the piece becomes a visible part and continuation of its history. The method also implies to carefully listen to someone else’s work, and to enter into an intimate, embodied, situated relationship.  While the original carpet was woven of linen and wool from Fogelstad, Elzén’s version is made of recycled fabrics from a variety of different sources, materials, and years of manufacture. Visitors may tread the carpet without their shoes.


below (from top down, clockwise):

installation view Transcript of a Fallow, on the bench headphones with Biography of a Fallow, audio track, 15:40 min, to the right A Growing Fallow Archive  on-going work, at GIBCA Part of the Labyrinth, Röda Sten, Göteborg, 2019

opening GIBCA Part of the Labyrinth, Röda Sten, Göteborg,2019


installation view documentation from different public events that I inititated on Transcript of a Fallow during the fall of 2019-:

Pedagogical program conducted by GIBCA

Åsa Elzén: Fallow – Seminar, Tensta Konsthall.  (I read from Peace with the Earth) part of  “Practicing Politics: The Fogelstad Women’s Citizenship School 1925–1954” by Olivia Plender, curator Hannah Zafiropoulos.

NIGHT TIME TREE CULT by Katarina Bonnevier on Transcript of a Fallow by Åsa Elzén at Sörmlands museum during In Forest Intervals / Responding to the Forest’s Call by Åsa Elzén and Malin Arnell in collaboration with Public Art Agency Sweden, 10 september 2020.

Conversation on a fallow – on the Fogelstad group, earth and forest with Åsa Elzén, Cecilia Berntsson och OTALT, Kolonin Arvika

detail Transcript of a Fallow at Notes on a Fallow– The Fogelstad Group and Earth,  Sörmlands museum, 2020 

below: making of a Transcript of a Fallow