Tedde Twetman

För Sverige i tiden

when: 2021

where: Örebro, Sweden

I believe that most of us are quite familiar with some of the classic quotes said throughout our history. But in order to be remember and recorded you had to be a man of great importance. Well, at least before the 20th century but it all changed fundamentally when the internet came along and somehow we were in the future since we can all have our fifteen minutes of fame now. Everything we do and say is captured and posted in blogs, tweets, TikToks, etc and is piling up somewhere on the internet like modern version of the relics of Ancient Greece. However, the vast amount of quotes from the present results in us not having any quotes that represent it. Since quotes tell us a lot about the time in which they were said they are of great importance

In this project I have paraphrased some of the classic quotes, from Caesar to Churchill, to fit into the time we live in now. För Sverige i tiden. For Sweden in time.

All the quotes are painted with hand drawn, hand cut stencils using black spray paint on plywood boards covering contractions sites around the city of Örebro, Sweden. It has been a race in time both with graffiti writers and the construction workers. Some disappeared within 24 hours while others are still there months later.

”Frihet, jämlikhet, kändisskap” (Liberty, equality, fame) since fame beats brotherhood these days. Paraphrased from the motto ”Liberté, égalité, fraternité” of the French Revolution
”Jag kom, jag såg, jag tröttnade” (I came, I saw, I got tired) a modern take on Caesars old banger ”Veni, vidi, vici”
”Fem likes är fler än fyra kommentarer” (Five likes are more than four comments) from the Swedish cult TV-show Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter (Five ants are more than four elephants)
”Botox, svett & tårar” (Botox, sweat & tears) everything to look good, the same reason to why Churchill said (but never said?) his classic quote Blood, sweat and tears?
”Ich bin ein influencer” (I am an influencer) is my way to show my solidarity to the influencers. Not. From Kennedys ”Ich bine ein Berliner”