Lady and the handbag – a Swedish art movement

My Pick your fight painting is a sort of reconnection to the Swedish art movement “the handbags on statues”.

It all started with an artist who was going to make a statue of an angry lady with a handbag. The artist got inspiration from another artist photography of a lady with a handbag that protested against racists. You can see pictures here:

Arga damen med handväskan/angry lady with handbag

The city, that ordered an art work from the artist, chickened out and didn’t want the statue. They were afraid of the reactions.

The people from all over in Sweden didn’t think the decision were wise at all. They started a protest by hanging handbags on every statue in Sweden they could find. Now we have handbags hanging on statues in almost every city in the country. You can see some pictures here:

Handväskor på statyer/Handbags on statues

I wanted to take the issue in a wider perspective and my handbag person is angry about everything that irritates us. We all have our fights to fight and we can’t deal with them all at the same time.
So my thought in Pick your fight was to encourage our thoughts about what is worth fighting for, what can wait, what can not wait and so on. I don’t have any answers, I just want to pop the questions 🙂


Pick your fight


31 comments on “Lady and the handbag – a Swedish art movement

  1. I love the handbags on the statues. It’s interesting that handbags could come to symbolize something like that. I’m with Jim – I would like to go to Sweden and see this!!!

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  2. The Danish Minister of Culture, Marianne Jelved has achieved cult status with her handbag 🙂
    …I think she is extremely competent in picking her fights 😀 ❤

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  3. One of the most interesting changes I have noticed as I get older is to be more selective in picking my fights – no more small day-to-day fights, only the big fights mean anything, and almost everything is small. Interesting post.

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  4. Oh Anna! This is delicious and I just love it. I’m forwarding it to a dear friend, an artist, in California. I know Rita will love it and your other posts as well!
    Someday in SWEDEN!

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