If you could go back in time and visit the counter-culture movement of Stockholm, Sweden, during the years 1985-1989, what would you see? What kind of people would you meet? What photos would be taken?
We didn’t have a chance – but we took it anyway.
‘Our 80’s’ is a photo exhibition about political empowerment, friendship, love, Stockholm and punk during the late 1980s. During the years of 1985-1989 a bunch of youngsters from Stockholm squatted a number of dilapidated houses, organized concerts, festivals and demonstrations, ran the alternative bookstore and coffeehouse, the Black Moon and published the anarchist magazine Brand. It was a time of direct action, culture, music, party and punk, mixed into a wild and colourful cocktail. The squatting of three houses on Skaraborgsgatan in 1985 on Södermalm in Stockholm celebrates it’s 30th anniversary on Sunday, 6th of September 2015. This particular squat was formative for a group of people that stayed together through thick and thin during the second half of the 80’s.
We protested against a new spirit of time in which finance puppies and yuppies took an ever increasing space. The annual "Demonstration of Madness" was a political masquerade on the streets of Stockholm with fantastic costumes and attributes. Chaos, crazy antics, humour and revolutionary romance resulted in many fights with the police. We quickly became regulars at the Kronoberg police station. Virtually all activities between 1985 and 1989 were documented from the inside by ourselves with analogue camera’s loaded with Tri-X. The pictures have never been made available to a wider audience before.
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