In my artistic practice I explore collective experiences such as migration, in-betweenness, and most recently, the concept of care. Through my ongoing project Swimming Season (Badsäsongen), I investigate how spaces for collective nudity can be used as a method to create potential to neutralize the expectations that the body is exposed by in society. Swimming Season is about these meetings and about taking baths together through out the year. Before the baths I give the participants a brief overview of what we are going to do. Then we go out into the water and sit down until we all can breathe calmly. We decide together when we are ready to leave the water, get up and get dressed. Through these baths, many subjects such as care, collectivity, well-being, the impact of the cold waters, the nude body, practicality and aging has come up. With this project, I want to explore how people can meet in new ways, break hierarchies in groups and discuss how non-sexual nudity could enable a normalization of the non- normative body.
Some parts of Swimming Season are grounded in the artistic space and other aspects needs to be experienced first hand. This towel is therefore an invitation for a sauna session and/or bath with me. Depending on the season the experience may vary.
Best regards,Cristian Quinteros Soto
Invitation for Riksmötet Sveriges naturist förbund