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2010-07-13

segregated we stand


Tensta subway station from 1975 is a time capsule. Strong political views are expressed in strong colours by artist Helga Henschen. No less than 86% of residents in Tensta are of foreign descent and here you can see "sisterhood" celebrated in several languages. Makes sense.

Tunnelbana Tensta (map) 6 July 2010

11 comments:

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this is an excellent artistic expression. especially with what we are going through in arizona. very timely

cieldequimper said...

Gooooood. Nice photo too with the train disappearing into the tunnel.

What's happening in AZ is frightening...

arabesque said...

i obviously don't understand what those loud signs mean. ^0^ but this is a good foto and a nice angle!
i like its vibrant colors too!

Halcyon said...

I like the colors.

Don't know why we can't all get along. At the end of the day, we're all just people who want to live happy lives.

Per Stromsjo said...

Possibly a few united colours of Tensta, to recycle a slogan.

Julie, Scottsdale: I've been following the AZ story. We do not have a large number of illegal immigrants so the situations are different. That said, it's election year here and we've also got our fair share of individuals who cling to simple explanations to complex problems.

cieldequimper: Actually, the tunnel is to the right (out of view). The train is appearing from behind the fire hydrant.

arabesque: I don't understand them either. Except for a sign in Swedish - not shown here though (silly me, I should have of course).

Halcyon: Glad you like the colours. Tomorrow will be another mono day.

Thanks everyone.

Jacob said...

86%? Wow! Where do they all come from, and why?

helsinkippusa said...

It took a few seconds for me to realize that the text in blue was in Finnish.

It doesn't exactly mean sisterhood but more like common responsibility.

Per Stromsjo said...

Tensta is situated 15 kilometers north-west of the city center.

Jacob: That figure includes individuals born in Sweden with two foreign parents. I wouldn't speculate about the why. As for the where - 46% come from Asia and 35% from Africa.

helsinkippusa: Good point. According to what I've been reading, the messages on these signs range from "brotherhood" and "sisterhood" to "solidarity".

Thanks everyone.

http://mojawarszawa.blox.pl/html said...

And I see that in polish is "friendship", close to brotherhood, sisterhood and solidarity:-)

Tinsie said...

Interesting shot, post title and commentary! Thank you for sharing a piece of Swedish reality with us.

Per Stromsjo said...

I'll be sharing some more from Tensta in the weeks to come.

mojawarszawa: Gee, I'm beginning to think I should capture the entire collection of signs! :)

Tinsie: Certainly a reality check for all of us here, especially now that we're in an election year.

Again, many thanks.

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