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Studio Elin Strand Ruin

Art / Architecture / Cityplanning


The Kitchen of Praxagora 2.0, The City of Stockholm,  Kulturförvaltningen /Evenemangsavdelningen. Visiting Hökarängen, Tensta, Bredäng, 2021.

The Kitchen of Praxagora 2.0, 2021<<<
Commissioned by the The City of Stockholm,  The Cultural admin/Dep of Event, to design and produce a mobile art- and city-development project touring between Stockholm suburbs in collaboration with local female networks in Hökarängen, Tensta and Bredäng. Produced by Eva Widgren,  Production by Dekorverket

>>> Artproject at the Womans Library and Archive in Istanbul in collaboration with Ozge Acikkol, DEPO gallery, 2021-22
Art project researching The Woman’s Library and Archive conducted by
Mike Bode, The Swedish Consulate General, The Swedish Institute/Equal Spaces in collaboration with Gallery Depo. In the project three Swedish
and Turkish artists are paired. Elin Strand Ruin with Özge Acikkol
(Oda Projesi); Petra Bauer with Larissa Araz; Ays Alayat with Sarakinis Sule Kemanci. The work will be presented at Gallery Depo in March 2022.

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>>> The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon, 2021 
Included in publication The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon, 2021 (Bloomsbury) by Giliane Tawadros including work by Mona Hatoum, Jananne Al-Ani, Gilliam Wearing, Yinka Shonibare, Susann Hiller, Barbara Kruger, Sherin Neshat etc. 


>>> MAPurban 2021-22>>>
Part of the international research project MAPURBAN (2021-22) in
collaboration with Anne Legeby, KTH, UCL, University of Kent, Free
University, Berlin and The City of Sundbyberg, Marabouparken Art
space and Region Sthlm. The Kitchen Square-project will act as a
site for developing methods and hosting workshops etc. 

Open Seminar / The Powerful citizen 2.0 will take place in Hallonbergen
Centre the 23:rd of  May, 2022.

Photo Anders Bobert
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>>> Reactivating The Kitchen Square 2021-24>>>
The Kitchen Square-project will be reactivated (after the break due to the pandemic) - and facilitated for cooking (Dec 2021). 'The Kitchen Square Method' will be continuously developed through a cooking-relay manifesting and strengthening social networks in the neighbourhood and used as a site for extended dialogue in the process of refurbishing Hallonbergen Centre. In collaboration with Stella Nova, Verdandi, Marabouparken and the developer Balder.


The Kitchen Square,  2019- 2024

>>> Starting PhD by Design in the UK, 2022
Sheffield School of Architecture, thanks to the Lundberg Foundation.


Monira Haj Abdalla, Shazia Chaudhry, Faiza Rebandi and Elin Strand Ruin (Heve Hatam is missing in the photo).  


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The Kitchen Square, Hallonbergen  Autum 2019

Photo Anders Bobert

The Kitchen Square - as a public space, permanent sculpture and social tool. A long-term dialogue process will last for 4 years (2021-24) focusing on exploring and developing 'The Kitchen Square Method'. When the downtown area is completed, The Kitchen Square will get att permanent position:

The kitchen as 'A sculpture on a pedestal' on the city square. In collaboration with Stella Nova, Verdandi, Marabouparken Artspace and the developer Balder. 

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The Kitchen Square, 2019

Photo Anders Bobert


In collaboration with Marabouparkens Konsthall and The City of Sundbyberg                                                                                                                                        The Kitchen of Praxagora, 2016

Photo Anders Bobert

The kitchen of Praxagora, 2016, documentation by Lisa Partby and Elin Strand Ruin

Published the project Praxagoras Kök in Architecture and Feminism being a part of ’the Critiques series’ with Routledge in association with the AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association), 2017

'When Shazia Chaudhry, who has worked at the Stella Nova kindergarten of Stella Nova for 20 years, and knew knows everyone in the area, was cooking in the centre of Hallonbergen on a Sunday afternoon in May, she became a node for those who passed by; children, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, teens,  friends of her family, etc. The social network and bonds of friends- hip and family bonds that Shazia has built up in the neighbourhood for many years, became visible in her act of cooking.


Our question, after having carried out this temporary study for in advance of a long-term project, was: how could a permanent physical intervention make women’s experiences, their labour, their care work, and their networks visible to strengthen their role in the public sphere?'

Art / Architecture / Feministic city planning / Women led cities / 


Knitting house in collaboration with the New Beauty Council, 2010

ArkDes, 2013

Knitting House, ArkDes, Stockholm 2013 

Knitting House in collaboration with The New Beauty Council 2010-17

Knitting House - production at Oslogatan 8 and exhibition at Husby Art 2010 -  Film commissioned by Arkdes 2013 edited by Shiva Anoushirvani and Elin Strand Ruin.


Talk and debate at ReSite, Citydeveloping Conference in Prague, curated by Greg Lindsay, June, 2018 

MY KITCHEN, H+, 2011

H+, Helsingborg, Smack Bang i Folkets Hamn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 My kitchen, 2011


In collaboration with MADAM Snickeri and TEMA                                                                                                                                                        Furniture for the innovation square at Vinnova, 2015


Animaltheatre with feelings and weather (2014-20)

Comissioned by Stockholm Arts (Stockholm Konst) An animal theatre with feelings and weather in collaboration with MADAM Snickeri (2014-2019)

Elin Strand Ruin is an artist and architect working within the field of partcipatory artpractice and urban place-making based on CARE and existing female networks. Her work operates at the interface between performative art and architecture, exploring how to catalyse social change by implementing everyday activities in the public space. Strand Ruin has exhibited at leading artistic, architectural and planning venues around Sweden and Europe during the last 20 years and is active in the debate issuing public space.

Strand Ruin is educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, UK, The Royal College of Art, Stockholm and has a MA in Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. She is doing a PhD by Design in Sheffield, UK, and is part of the researchproject MAPURBAN (Sthlm, Berlin, London) 2021-2022. She is based in Stockholm and runs the practice: S E S  Studio Elin Strand Ruin.

Selected works:  The Kitchen Square (2019-2023) exploring ‘The Kitchen Square Method’  in collaboration with Stella Nova, Verdandi, Balder and Marabopuparken Artspace in Hallonbergen, The City of Sundbyberg. Invited by the Swedish Institute to Istanbul for researching ‘The Womens Library and Archive’ exhibited at Gallery Depo, March (2022).

She has developed ‘The Kitchen of Praxagora, 2.0’ with the City of Stockholm/ART (2021-2022). Knitting House (2010), My Kitchen (2011),  The heart of darkness (2013), An animal theatre with feelings and weather (2014-2019), the group show Behind the Green (2018) Visby, Sweden, The Feministic Recycling-park (2016-21). Invited to speak at the Bilgi Univeristy in Istanbul (2019), and the Urban conference reSITE (2018) in Prague guest-curator Greg Lindsay, US,  she moderated the Feministic City Planning Seminars by NCC (2016) and Feminst Cityplanning Conference by Safer Sweden (2018).

The project ‘Speaking Bernina’ is included in The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon (2021) (Bloomsbury) by Giliane Tawadros including work by Mona Hatoum, Jananne Al-Ani, Gilliam Wearing, Yinka Shonibare, Susann Hiller, Barbara Kruger, Sherin Neshat etc. Published the project ‘The Kitchen of Praxagora’ in the anthology Architecture and Feminism, Routledge in association with AHRA, edited by Hèléne Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson, Helen Runting (Sept)