Gapahuk – places for misuse.

One day a shelter appeared at the highly trafficked interchange at Olskroken. It resembled the shelters in the city’s recreation areas. Soon it was littered with plastic bags from Systembolaget – then someone physically turned it around to prevent insight. We contacted the responsible authorities in the council and were told that the shelter was designated for the misuse of alcohol. As one of us works at a halfway house, we soon found out about the existence of other wooden shelters. We asked ourselves: who is intended to be protected by the shelters? Is this about building facilities for everyone, or are we relocating individuals we don’t want to see? In conversations with officials, a feeling of ambivalence emerged: perhaps there is nothing about these constructions that is unequivocally good or bad? If a shelter works and is used, it is because of its location and how and what has been communicated to its users. Are the shelters constructed on the terms of the users, on pleasant sites that are close to a square and public transportation, or are they just an expression of a desire to get the misusers out of sight?

Gapahuk is a word that has travelled from Norway across the border to the north of Sweden, and is colloquially used to describe a shelter that is open. Moreover, it is a word with two conflicting parts: to be hunched and loud at the same time. (Gapa – to bawl, to open one’s mouth; Huk(a) sig – to crouch, to duck)    

Meira Ahmemeulic & Mari Lagerquist

From Partille to Las Vegas

67 images collected in 6 folders.

The first image in the folders was made in autumn 2010, and the last in late summer 2012. During this period, Lagerquist regularly made images of the shelters. To take one’s time to visit these places regularly allows change within repetition: the seasons alter, details appear and disappear, and the vicinity transforms. Nevertheless, the shelters remain and a sense of coherence emerges. The images are collected in folders that are attached to wooden structures, with the aim to give each shelter its own space and to make possible an awareness of their respective location.

Mari Lagerquist

The exhibition figures in an article in GÖTEBORGS FRIA
The work was also published in ORD & BILD issue 3/2013

Installation view at Gothenburg City Museum


Gamlestaden / Las Vegas

Frölunda / Brevid Dungen

Angered / Skjulet / Byschan Mölndal / Slottet / Aphuset Olskroken / Las Palmas Partille / Holken / Duvslaget