25 March 2024

The sculpture Domstolen – in English

Studiomiljö, en kombination av en rullstol och en likkista.


GIL’s campaign “Domstolen” challenges misconceptions about disabilities through an art installation. The installation resembles a coffin, symbolizing the misconception that life in a wheelchair is miserable. The awareness campaign aims to change these prejudiced views and promote understanding.

GIL’s latest campaign, “Domstolen,” challenges misconceptions about life with disabilities through an art installation created by designer Staffan Holm. Exhibited at Röhsska Museum, the installation uses legal and artistic terms to confront societal prejudices.

The term “bench,” referring to the judiciary, is employed to emphasize how society often “benches” people with disabilities, sidelining them instead of including them fully. The campaign advocates for universal design and greater inclusion, urging society to reconsider how it views and integrates the disability community.

The word “Domstolen” is a Swedish play on words, combining the concept of being pre-judged (“dom”) and the act of sitting in a chair (“stol”). This cleverly references the experience of wheelchair users, who often face prejudgments based on their disability.

“Domstolen” resembles a coffin, symbolizing the societal sentiment that many would rather die than use a wheelchair. This perception suggests that life with a disability is miserable, sad, and boring. The campaign confronts these prejudices, highlighting the negative impact such views have on the lives of people with disabilities, and promoting a message of inclusion and understanding.

Man i rullstol håller i ett konstverk som är en mix av en rullstol och en likkista. Studiomiljö.

The CEO of GIL and the art piece Domstolen

Disability art for lend

GIL lends out “Domstolen” to museums, conferences, exhibitions, and other forums where it can generate interest and provoke thought. Borrowing “Domstolen” is free of charge, but the borrower is responsible for transportation costs. Contact us if you have questions about our art piece: Anders Westgerd at anders@gil.se or +4631632194.

Art of disability Art of functionality

En likkista och en rullstol i ett, utställd på museum, en utställning med vanliga stolar syns i bakgrunden.

Art of disability at the vernissage at the Röhsska Art Museum in Gothenburg

Sculpture Shown at

  • Röhsska Museet i Göteborg in 2023
  • Frihamnsdagarna i Göteborg in 2023
  • Sigtuna Museum & Art in 2024
  • Global Conference on Person-Centred Care GPCC in 2024

Deep and meaningful conversations at the vernissage – Domstolen sparks contemplation.

GIL kills prejudices with a piece depicting a life with disabilities.

About GIL

GIL, the Gothenburg Independent Living cooperative, is dedicated to providing personal assistance for people with disabilities since 1989.

Founded on principles of empowerment and independence, GIL supports individuals in leading self-determined lives. The cooperative advocates for accessibility, inclusion, and the rights of people with disabilities, ensuring they have the necessary resources and support to participate fully in society.

GIL not only provides personal assistance for people with disabilities but also actively runs awareness campaigns to challenge norms and prejudices. These campaigns, such as “Domstolen,” are designed to highlight issues of accessibility, inclusion, and the importance of universal design. GIL brings attention to the daily challenges faced by people with disabilities, advocating for their rights and promoting a more inclusive society.

Personal assistance (Personlig assistans) is more or less like “in-home supportive services” (IHSS) or “personal care assistance” (PCA) in the USA. These services are designed to help individuals maintain independence and continue living in their own homes.