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Poetry and thought in the age of an awaiting grief

Carl Wallnér
Thursday 13 June 2024
7pm

We are at war both with ourselves and with nature. Without hope of an end, it is as if we are experiencing the loss in advance and mourn in anticipation of it. In 2022, the Swedish Language Council recognised that this grief to come, the ”awaiting grief”, has entered our language, which means that it has also entered our lives. What does this sadness mean? Drawing on both poetry and philosophy, Carl Wallnér seeks to answer this question of the awaiting sorrow. The talk will be followed by a discussion on time, loss and bereavement.

I am immersed in grief, therefore I exist
— Jacques Derrida, 1990

The talk will be held in Swedish.

 

 

After Life

by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Introduction by Oskar Hallberg
Wednesday 29 May 2024
7pm

After Life (1998), 119 min
Japanese, with English subtitles

”After death, people have a week to choose only one memory to keep for eternity.”

If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their life to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world. After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore-eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens. What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time.

Watch trailer here.

Oskar’s Gold Nuggets is an ongoing series of film screenings where our neighbor and cineaste Oskar Hallberg presents a film in dialogue with the current exhibition on view.

 

CLOSED

9-12 May 2024

In solidarity with the people of Palestine we will remain closed during Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

It is somewhat embarrassing that Sweden seems to be lagging behind here

Thord Eriksson
Thursday 16 May 2024
7pm

A book about those who came here, those who were left behind and those who will be forced out of Sweden.

‘I thought I would write a book about an evacuation, I couldn’t imagine that it would be about a country in Europe guarding a position of the extreme outer edge’, writes Thord Eriksson in his foreword.

In early summer 2021, anxiety is spreading among the Afghans working at the Swedish embassy in Kabul. The Taliban are on the offensive and other countries are already preparing to help Afghans leave the country. But not Sweden. ‘Two of our cleaners have presented stamped threatening letters,’ the Swedish ambassador writes to a holiday-dazed Foreign Ministry in late July. There was no reaction, and the decision to evacuate was not taken until after the Taliban had seized power.

As Thord Eriksson begins to write this book, his questions centre on the reluctant rescue operation. The questions become more and more numerous when Sweden, before the last rescue plane has even taken off from Kabul, starts making decisions to deport Afghans again. Some are being rescued in one direction while others are to be sent back in the other. How is this possible?

Thord Eriksson, born in 1966, is a journalist and author. His last book Those who remained was described as ‘the social reportage of the year’ in Expressen and as one of the best non-fiction books of 2019 in Göteborgs-Posten.

The talk will be held in Swedish.

Metod is an ongoing series of talks about working methods within the field of contemporary art and culture.

 

 

cococo, continuous curves

Mieko Meguro, Wineke Gartz

12 April–16 June 2024
Opening Friday 12 April 7-9pm

How do you mourn the loss of a loved one?

You eat their favourite food. You listen to their favourite songs. You isolate yourself in the company of your memories, careful not to loose a single detail of their existence.

Sorrow weighs heavy on the heart. Time feels impenetrable, as if it is impossible to overcome.

And then one day a window opens, like a small crack letting the outside world enter your universe. Once again.

This is life. Full of continuous curves, and emotions that give them colour.

 

 

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Wineke Gartz, The Communicator, Pink, Yellow & Blue II, 2024 (detalj/detail). Foto/Photo: OMN

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Mieko Meguro, Exhausted Helium, 2016-2017. Foto/Photo: OMN

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Cheese is time, time is money, money is monopoly

Mohamed Bourouissa, Stef Kamaris,
Marie Vedel

15 March–19 May 2024
at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga

The exhibition Cheese is time, time is money, money is monopoly is presented at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga.

Release: Händelseboken

Andrzej Tichý & L. T. Fisk
Saturday 17 February 2024
7pm

Händelseboken (The Book of Events) by Andrzej Tichý:
In Lindängen, Malmö, the girl Alicja kills herself with pills in a playground. The petty criminal Mink discovers her, but doesn’t seek help because he doesn’t want to deal with the authorities. A few days later, he lies passed out in a stairwell. Zygmunt Pereira, a radical writer in decline, lets him sleep it off on his couch. Far away, near the end of the world, Egea and Svatopluk are enjoying peace and quiet, grateful to have left violence behind. Their lives are somehow connected with the cook Antje Schmidt, her son Johnny Schmidt Smith, the translator and flautist Tania Balbine, a composer named Kowalski and the financial consultant Samuel Haddad. There is also the angel Metatron, the storyteller Scheherazade, visions of Swedish forced repatriation and the collapse of global capitalism in 2128. But who is able to see the whole picture?

Andrzej Tichý reads from Händelseboken, L. T. Fisk plays the pedal organ and electronics, and the evening is accompanied by music that appears in various ways in the book.

The reading will be in Swedish.