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Utställningen Åtta grader / Samtida konst om skogen visas på Bildmuseet 15 mars 2024 till 12 januari 2025.

Researcher Talk / Eight Degrees

Time Sunday 14 April, 2024 at 14:00 - 15:00
Place Bildmuseet

Researcher talk: Architect Toms Kokins on his research project Sweden's Timber Empire, in conversation with museum curator Anca Rujoiu.

Toms Kokins’s research explores ecologic and cultural implications of Swedish forestry expansion outside Sweden’s national borders. In this conversation, Kokins will draw on interviews he conducted in Latvia and foreground the voices of those impacted by the forestry industry. A fabric of voices — from forest workers, activists, and loggers to forestry company representatives, will provide nuanced perspectives and first-hand experiences of this lived reality.

Kokins is one of the participants in the exhibition Eight Degrees / Contemporary Art on the Forest.

Language English


Eight Degrees / Contemporary Art on the Forest brings together contemporary art exploring our complex relationship with the forest, ranging from ideas of an inviolable intrinsic value to the conception of something to be utilised, such as an economic asset or a space for recreation. What is a forest? And what pressing questions about it are relevant here and now?

Through photography, film, sculpture, drawing, textiles, sound, and installations, the artists invite us to reflect on the forest, observed and depicted from various perspectives and with diverse experiences. Their works provoke questions about tradition and future, forestry practices, land conflicts, biological diversity, and the forest as a sacred space.

The exhibition title Eight degrees references Jörgen Stenberg’s eponymous poem.

Organizer: Bildmuseet
Event type: Researcher talk