Fördomsland och Förbudsland
(Prohibition-country and Prejudice-country), 2005

Site-specific work, sign post at Linköbing university (SE)


Förbudsland och Fördomsland
(Prohibition-country and Prejudice-country)

Site specific work at Linköping University, Sweden 2005

The basis of the project is an already existing signpost on Campus Valla (Linköping University), pointing towards Linköpings’s twin cities. Two signs are added to the post: One pointing towards Stockholm which reads, ”0 km Förbudsland, S”. (Prohibition-country). The other points towards Denmark (Copenhagen) and reads, “345 km Fördomsland, DK”. (Prejudice-country)

In this project Hasager explores the cliché-ridden relations between Denmark and Sweden, starting from her own position as a Dane studying in Sweden, often being confronted with the way Danes and Swedes conceive the culture of one another.
She has referred to Sweden using the word Förbudsland (Prohibition-country), since it is one of the clichés often used by Danes when describing Sweden.
Several mention the Swedish policy on sale of alcohol as an example of
prohibition in Sweden. She uses the sign Fördomsland (Prejudice-country) to refer to the fear and the prejudice which have become an increasing part of Danish mentality. Restrictions and tightenings based on prejudice have become a bigger part of everyday life in Denmark and bills previously seen as racist are being presented and debated at governmental level.

By using an existing signpost on campus which people everyday pass
by without notice, She is attempting to create a less dramatic work, a small
interference in the familiar surroundings, as opposed to a more imposing sculptural decoration.