The Swedish Synchronized Figure Skating Championships held annually to determine the national champions of Sweden. The finals took place at Kungsbacka Ice Rink in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the weekend of 22 - 23rd of February 2020.
Team Happiness were this years debutants, they competed against 17 other teams from all over Sweden.
When it's finally Team Happiness turn to compete, it all happens really fast, from when they are standing in the corridor to enter the arena and until they get their points, it's only 12 minutes and 18 seconds apart.
BLACK LIVES MATTER GOTHENBURG
The demonstrations and the Black Lives Matter movement has spread all over the world after the death of the American George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis. On June 7th it had reached Gothenburg, Sweden, when thousands of protesters gathered on Heden in Gothenburg in a peaceful protest to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. After 20 minutes police tried to dissolve the demonstation, but the protesters continued and marched through the city to continue to protest for black and brown peoples rights. It all ended up with clashes between police and protesters and about thirty people were arrested.
Two different worlds meets at the football field
It's only a small forrest between the two districts Zenithgården and Biskopsgården in Gothenburg, Sweden. But the difference are enormous, both in living- and football conditions. On one side of the forrest lays the residential houses, big companies and the high-income earners. On the other side lays the social housing projects, gang problems and unemployment. The two worlds clashes when the teams IK Zenith and Solväders FC meet on the football field.
Places is built on short notes in young women and girls diaries. Were they had written down what happened on several occasions when they sold their bodys to older men. From the central of Gothenburg to rich communities in the suburbs. On public toilets, in dressing rooms in big department stores and on the playground.
Almgården - Rosengårds forgotten neighbor
Almgården is part of the forgotten Sweden. A suburb in Malmö affected by drug abuse, exclusion and unemployment. Most people living there have done so for several generations.
Almgården is the white social housing project in which the inhabitants has been living in Sweden for generations.
Despite of this the population suffers under issues normally associated to areas with high immigration rates;
alienation, instability and language difficulties.
It is known to be one of the strongholds of the Sweden democrats, a national populist political party. A large portion of the population blame their issues on the high level of immigration in the neighboring area Rosengård.
A cold January afternoon, brothers Robin and Alejandro Sinisalo gets attacked outside their home. A person dressed in black shoots them and the younger brother Robin gets killed. Alejandro survives but is left with injuries that makes him paralyzed from the waist down. After over 400 police hearings and a killer on the loose, the family struggles to move on.
One was shot down outside a supermarket by an unknown shooter.
Another by a childhood friend.
A third was found naked in the forest.
A fourth was lured in to a trap.
In cemeteries around Stockholm, Sweden, you find the ultimate consequence of the gang war. Newly dug graves for men in their twenties who has chosen a life they believed would give them money and power.
In the grace of heaven
Amanda is 15 years old and lives in Hässelby Gård along with her father Daniel. A lot of people lacks understanding for the ways Amanda behave: why she plays truant, why she stays out late during the night, why she attend regular meetings with the social services for her anger management.
- My mother and other people around me probably thinks i am just a junkie, that i have no future.
Amanda does not trust anyone, she constantly keeps her guard up. - When you’ve been scarred so many times, you eventually lose your trust.
Alongside her issues she has to live with the constant stress of there not being enough money to put food on the table at home.
”Affinity – a liking or sympathy for someone or something, especially because of shared characteristics.” – Cambridge Dictionarie
Affinity is a self portrait that deals with me and my ex-girlfriend. About the confidence we had in each other, but also an image of two individuals that must be separated to find our own path. Fears of what will happen and worries about what the future has to offer. Even the anxiety to always have to perform on top to be good enough. Feeling isolated in the middle of a city that boils over and how twosomeness can be both loneliness and a strength. – Meli
To me, Affinity is about facing what's outside by revealing what's inside. How the pressure from the outside is embodied and sores in your stomach. And after all, every morning I stand up, put the espresso maker on the stove and hear the steam whizzes in the valve. – Kajsa