Kohta Zoom: Astrid Svangren och Monika Fagerholm


Time: Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 5–7 pm.

Venue: Kohta, Teurastamo inner yard, Työpajankatu 2 B, building nr. 7, 3rd floor

NB: Conversation in Swedish

Free entrance

Writer Monika Fagerholm and visual artist Astrid Svangren discuss the relation between writing and painting. Their conversation is moderated by writer and literary scholar Tatjana Brandt. This is the first event in the new series Kohta Zoom.

Astrid Svangren’s installation titled From Searching: Mirroring/Metamorphosis/The Last Rinsing Water/A Yellow Room/Perpetual Movement/A Kind of Thorough Rinse/Artificial Colour (2018) is on view at Kohta until 29 April. The complex site-specific work was commissioned by Kohta for an exhibition curated by Anders Kreuger.

Fagerholm and Svangren have taken the floor together before, during the Stockholm Literature Festival at Moderna museet in 2016. This was also an event where writers and visual artists came together to illuminate the boundaries between visual art and literature.



Monika Fagerholm (b. 1961 in Helsinki, lives in Tenhola) writes in Swedish. Her books are popular and have won awards in Finland and the other Nordic countries. Her breakthrough novel Wonderful Women by the Sea was published in 1994 and was followed by five other novels, most recently Lola Upsidedown in 2012. Fagerholm’s stories, known for their distinctive language and narration, have also been adapted for theatre and film.

Astrid Svangren (b. 1972 in Gothenburg, lives in Copenhagen and Oxford) has systematically expanded the field where painting can be applied. She uses various material and juxtaposes them in assemblages that often seem ‘poetic’ but at the same time form structured spatial totalities. Svangren has exhibited throughout the Nordic region, in other European countries and in the US.

Kohta Zoom is a new line of programming at Kohta. The aim is to stimulate in-depth discussion on the content of the exhibitions in conversation with exhibiting artists and other invited participants. The initiative is kindly supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.