Heidi Edström – "What a Waste"

Date and time
22 January 2021 at 05:00 PM - 29 January 2021 at 09:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Detroit Stockholm
Roslagsgatan 21

Solo exhibition by Heidi Edström, student at the bachelor's programme in Fine Art.

Vernissage: Friday 22 January, 17–21, Performance 19.00

Finissage: Friday 29 January, 17–21, Performance 19.00

Artist talk: Friday 29 January, 18.30
The artist talk will be held in English.

The knöl, which in Swedish refers both to organic lumps and suspicious existences, has for more than ten years been an obsession and constant source of inspiration for the Swedish artist Heidi Edström (ingentinget).

Edström’s previously more fleshy looking pieces in silicone have recently taken a back seat in her artistic process in favour of more industrial production methods and materials, such as plastic molded in vacuum chambers and an extensive use of waste materials like plastic bags.

In this exhibition the audience is invited to reflect on ideas of an ideal world, wasted opportunities and prospects, and the imperatives of self-improvement that shape the image of progress, success and failure in life. In Edström’s world the unwanted and uncomfortable always hold the potential of beauty.

Curated by Franziska Sperling & Paulina Granat.
With support from Stockholms Stad.

Opening hours
Saturday 23 January, 13–18, ongoing Performance
Sunday 24 January, 13–18, Performance 15.00
Monday 25 January – Tuesday 26 January, CLOSED
Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 28 January, 16–19


External organizer

Please note
Flat Octopus follows the restrictions and recommendations to prevent Covid-19 infections. The exhibition venue will be open for 2 visitors at a time. There will be art to look at through the huge shop window to keep you busy while waiting (also a good spot to keep in mind for watching the performances!). Don´t forget your hats, scarves and gloves.

We will keep you updated about any changes regarding the shape of the exhibition should new restrictions be introduced.

Please, take precautions and stay at home if you feel ill.

We try to make this exhibition as available as possible for you if you cannot come to see it yourself. We will therefore live-stream the performances, the artist talk and provide a filmed guided tour with the artist and curators on Facebook. See the dates and times above and make a note in your calendar. Looking forward to meeting many of you on this platform!