Linde doesn’t understand the reaction of African Swedish National Association, which has asked the Swedish Culture Minister to resign. Linde says the group made no attempt to talk to him about the work and were very disinterested in what he had to say as an Afro-Swede. “I invited them to my studio to have a talk and show my art. They were not interested in having a dialogue with me,” he says. “When I met one person from the group [on another occasion] he said he was not interested. I asked him if he knew any Afro-Swedish artists, and he said ‘no,’ and then I asked ‘Why aren’t you interested in the one and only Afro-Swedish artist?’”
The performance artist responsible for portraying the cake’s head, Makode Aj Linde: Facebook page.
Linde wrote:”Before cutting me up she whispered “Your life will be better after this” in my ear.”
“[The minister’s] participation, as she laughs, drinks, and eats cake, merely adds to the insult against people who suffer from racist taunts and against women affected by circumcision,” Kitimbwa Sabuni, spokesperson for the National Afro-Swedish Association, said in a statement. The installation “was reportedly meant to highlight the issue of female circumcision,”The Local reports.
According to Fria Tider, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth’s official public platform is hardline anti-racism.