Oophaga vicentei X Oophaga pumilio


Living hybrid frog

Open call at Art LabAtalante in Gothenburg 2011.

Material: Bio-art

The animal is a cross between species Oophaga vicentei and Oophaga pumilio I bred in order to develop a broader understanding of how the hybrid animal is categorized in a biological context. An addition, the project led to a collaboration with the organization In-Betweenship and The Multi-Cultural Center in Stockholm, where the hybrid frog was used as a metaphor in a debate about cultural hybridity and the in-between.

The work / frog was exhibited at The Swedish Museum of Natural History (2010),The Multicultural Center in Fittja (2010) and Aquaria Watermuseum in Stock- holm (2011). A video of the frog has also been shown in the FIA International Art Festival in Fittja (2011) and at the exhibition “Hidden Cities & Hybrid Identi- ties” in Rome, Italiy (2012), organized by International Art Expo. Reflections on how the project connects to my own personal background, cultural hybridity and postcolonial history is presented in the essay “On the Origin Of Oophaga vicentei x Oophaga pumilio“.

Articles / publications / press on the project 

Kempe, Jessica, ”Konstfack plays and dreams”, interview in Daily News (Dagens Nyheter), 2010-05-23.

“Notions of a hybrid”, article in MIX: The magazine for colour, design & trends from global color research, 2010 nr. 21, London.

Dupont, Linn, ”Konstfack opens annual spring show”, DN.

Interview by Sweden’s television (SVT/Kulturnyheterna), 2010-05-23.Radio Call (2009): Interview by Swedish Radio P1: Tendens,“Where are you from dear?”, about growing up as children of parents from different countries. Conversation along with Angelica Tibblin Chen and Jesper Hiro, by Cecilia Mora, Stockholm, SVR P1, 14/12. Boemio, Camilla,

“Hidden Cities & hybrid Identities”, review in Papale – Papale: settimanale di attualità senza infingimenti, 2012, nr. 17.Thelning, Anna. ”Linda Shamma Östrand”, Interview in People Magazine,  Stockholm, 2010-05-23.


Master thesis “Spaces of in-between ‘Hybridity’, self-identification and agency of change in staff narratives of non-Belonging” (2011), written about the project by Daphne Arbouz, Lund University, Centre for Gender Studies, Lund.

Exhibition at The Swedish Museum of Natural History, 2010. Photo: Magnus Werner.

Oophaga vicentei x Oophaga pumilio, the hybrid frog, 2010.

“On the Origin Of Oophaga vicentei x Oophaga pumilio


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22nd August 2009