The Political Body


16/11/2019 - 16/11/2019

The Political Body :: © Édouard Louis © DR/GR The Political Body :: © Athena Farrokhzad © DR/GR The Political Body :: © Sandra Kolstad, Jonas Barsten & Édouard Louis © DR/GR The Political Body :: © Sandra Kolstad, Jonas Barsten & Kristina Leganger Iversen © DR/GR The Political Body :: © Sandra Kolstad, Jonas Barsten & Édouard Louis © DR/GR The Political Body

The body is determining for our identity, but at the same time it is subject to control, by others and by society. Our conceptions of race and gender, for example, acquire form through the body. With the political-literary programme The Political Body, BOZAR unites three writers and two musicians on the same stage. The literary voices, Édouard Louis, Athena Farrokhzad and Kristina Leganger Iversen, test and challenge in their writing our way of thinking about identity, gender and the body. To the musical accompaniment of Sandra Kolstad and Jonas Barsten, they will be reading excerpts from their work and talking with the audience.In his youth, Édouard Louis was confronted with poverty, racism and alcoholism. Issues that were to become the dominant themes of his literary work. In 2018 he published Who Killed My Father? which is an attack on the French state and a heartfelt testimony of love from a son to his disabled father. The book is a direct result of The Political Body that Louis wrote for Oslo's House of Literature. Athena Farrokhzad is a Swedish feminist poet of Iranian origin. She is one of the most important voices of the young generation in Sweden. Her debut collection White Blight has been translated into more than 10 languages.  Kristina Leganger Iversen is a Norwegian poet. She published her first poetry collection in 2011, titled Hjartemekanikk.???????Sandra Kolstad is a Norwegian, versatile singer who lives in Berlin. She makes electronic pop music and also works as a composer for theatre and other performing arts. For this project she works together with musician Jonas Barsten.

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