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D FOR DAUGHTER | BOOK TALK WITH ELINA BIRKEHAG

April 27—2:00 pm3:30 pm

Join us April 27 to celebrate the book launch of D For Daughter, a new photobook by Stockholm-based artist Elina Birkehag out now from D.A.P./Artbooks!

Deep in Dalarna, Sweden, scattered amongst stumps and newer growth trees, stand Scotch pine trees, hundreds of years old—thick, gnarled, and covered with carvings. The messages inscribed into their trunks were made by female shepherds from the 17th- to 20th-centuries who left their villages to live and work together on the fäbod (summer farm), and lead their families’ cattle to graze. Out in the pastures, these young women carved dates, their initials, and notes to each other. The trunks became inscribed with a kind of frenetic teenage scrawl, a coded language, an assertion of their existence: HERE WE CARVE OUR NAMES.

The artist Elina Birkehag grew up in a village not far from these woods. She has searched and documented the carved messages on the trees—a “living” archive that will also die, decompose, and eventually disappear. D For Daughter collects these written notes, drawings, photographs, and other findings, connecting readers with the female shepherds and allow them to read the trees.

With contributions by Quinn Latimer, Meg Miller, Matilda Kenttä & Linnea Rutz, Jungmyung Lee, Jennie Tiderman-Österberg, and Amelia Groom & M. Ty, as well as graphic design and co-editing by Laslo Strong, D For Daughter forms a dialogue with this barely-studied writing system and relate it to contemporary themes of knowledge sharing, gossip, ecology, labor and art.

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Details

Date:
April 27
Time:
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Venue

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Phone:
212-779-3587
Website:
scandinaviahouse.org