The artist Isaac Julien and gallerist Eva Livijn-Olin are in the final stages of hanging "Rock my soul II", when Dagens industri is welcomed into the apartment at Karlaplan. In the entrance we are greeted by a video work by the American artist Okwui Okpokwasili. Isaac Julien curated the first "Rock my soul" 2019 at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. The title is borrowed from author Bell Hook's book from 2003. The author, who died in 2021, examines in his book self-esteem among African Americans in the United States and the role it plays. "Without self-esteem, one loses one's sense of meaning, purpose and power," writes Hooks.
Isaac Julien says that the opportunity to create an exhibition in a home environment attracted. "You don't get the distance that happens in a gallery or a museum. It creates a kind of shudder," he says.
We walk from the apartment's living room into the dining room and are greeted by a video work by the British artist Sonia Boyce (born 1962), placed on a chest of drawers. Sonia Boyce has been on many people's lips during the spring. She represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and also won the Biennale's Gold Lion.