A Pile of Ash – Artist dinner with Afrang Nordlöf Malekian

Thursday 28 april 2022

18.00 – 19:00

Södertälje konsthall, Storgatan 15, 151 72 Södertälje

“I have learned from poetry to go directly to what is burning. But fire tends to spread. Some metaphors are as beautiful “in reality” as on paper (like a rose). Fire is not one of them. Writing words that feel, that burn, are associated with risks. See, the poem has already turned into a pile of ash”. This is what the author Mara Lee writes in her doctoral dissertation, The Writing of Others: Writing conceived as resistance, responsibility and time (2014). Taking risks – working so that it burns – can be associated with an end in a pile of soot – ash – which has historically been used to nourish new life. What kind of archive can be born from the ashes left behind by the thousands of prints that burnt in the 2014 fire in Mariefred?

During a small dinner at Södertälje konsthall, artist Afrang Nordlöf Malekian will moderate a conversation based on his work-in-progress research in connection to the project Collecting Thoughts at Grafikens Hus. Together, we will study prints, read texts, share stories and eat food. The conversation will circle around the current collection at Grafikens Hus, prints in (food) stores, and prints on penninglotten – lottery tickets.

To join the dinner and conversation please RSVP to mmabatho.thobejane@grafikenshus.se.

The event will take place in English and Swedish.

Samlande tankar/Collecting Thoughts is supported by Kulturrådet.