Eva-Lisa's Monument (ongoing)
Eva-Lisa’s Monument is an ongoing memory work about the lesbian activist and trans pioneer Eva-Lisa Bengtson (1932-2018). In addition to starting the first club for trans people in Sweden – Transvestia in 1964, Eva-Lisa was also part of founding Kvinnohuset – The Women’s house in Stockholm (1979), the trans organisations FPE-NE (1966) and Benjamin (1979) and was active in several organisations such as Lesbisk front, RFSL Stockholm and Golden Ladies.
Despite her great importance for Sweden’s trans and queer movement, few has known about her work, partly because she could never, for personal reasons, live full time as a woman.
In 2017 I made a series of filmed interviews with Eva-Lisa and after her passing, I took over Eva-Lisa’s archive with material connected to her life as an activist. Since 2019 I have, though city walks, videos, anniversary celebrations, public collective readings, texts etc. worked to make the archive and Eva-Lisa’s story accessible to more people. Today the archive is accessible for researchers, activists and artists at Queerrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek - QRAB in Gothenburg.
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The monument consists of several parts. Follow the arrows to read more!
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