Dollhouse

Fisksätra Museum, 2020

This spring, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed how we interact with other people. We connect to our loved ones in cities on lockdown, sometimes, half the world over. At the outbreak of the pandemic, we started talking to different Fisksätra residents on Skype and WhatsApp about home, feelings of worry, confusion, and longing for normality. Now, a dollhouse sits in the museum's front window, and behind its own windows, everyday scenes become stories. 

Modelled on Fisksätra's highrise buildings, the dollhouse is a way to explore thresholds between private and public spaces, and the physical and digital windows which provide an albeit limited lens through which we can see one another in this time. But at a time like this, what does it mean to sit in one room next to many other rooms? Does it matter that your room is in Fisksätra, Sweden or might it just as well be anywhere? How has this changed our definition of what a neighbourhood is? 

The dollhouse in the window of Fisksätra museum is the story of the neighbourhood, built by and in turn building a community. Through storytelling, listening, and a spirit of play, it shows us what might lie behind the windows of one another's lives, if we just dare to open the curtains and welcome each other in.