(yes, it is) 23 of May – 26 of June I’ll be one of three residents in the project Walking Peace in the Avian Kingdom in Sweden, organised by ARNA at the very spot where two pilgrim trails meet in Harlösa. Walking Peace is a green, slow and peaceful way of making new connections across cultural backgrounds and religions, creating art as a statement for peace while walking. Afterwards I'll be researching the pioneer life in Värmland.


the zetor 25

6 ‘o clock
a very small pile of plastic garbage bags outside my window is all what is left of todays spectacle
the celebration of the swedish national day, only a few meters from my doorstep
flee market and singing pirats and hamburgers
i talked with a couple of politicians
one seated himself next to me
he asked me if i was on holiday
i told him we are artists, walking the pilgrim trail from west to east
meeting people on the road, making connections
he told me his feet were already hurting after having walked from the parking area to here
maybe 300 meters
it would have been interesting to go on a long walk with him
maybe even 600 metres
but he saw another politician and ran off
so i crossed the field to talk to the green guys
the green party here is neither left nor right
i took their program
they talk about kultur, klimat, miljö
we spoke the same language
i accepted one of their buttons that didn’t have a logo on it
only a green star
it goes well with the pilgrim’s labyrinth pin and the artist’s wooden “Y”
then suddenly a roar getting nearer and nearer
the green men ran off, just like all the other men
the women were somewhat slower
but in no time the field was empty and the sidewalk crammed with people
the highlight of the day had started: the biggest tractor parade in Scandinavia
I fell in love
not with the gorgeous red Porsche Diesel Super or the cute little Case
not the Massey Harris 744D who’s engine was black and shining and humming like a gentle big beast
not one of the classy dark green Bolinder Munktells
not the robust Volvos or Masey Fergusons
but with a grey Zetor 25