Beginning Thursday, March 4, Scandinavia House Online is proud to introduce the interactive digital exhibition Conversations with a Shipwreck with a haunting, multimedia meditation on the Swedish warship Vasa, created in word and image by ASF Fellows Joan Wickersham and Adam Davies. Through presentations of poems and large-format photographs, with short durational video and audio, this digital art and literary exhibition responds to the legendary warship — which sank only minutes into her maiden voyage — exploring themes of memory and oblivion, technological triumph and fiasco, permanence and impermanence, mortality and time.
Wickersham’s most recent book, The News from Spain (Knopf) was named one of the year’s best fiction picks by National Public Radio, Kirkus Reviews and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her memoir The Suicide Index (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a National Book Award finalist. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, Agni, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. Joan is a regular op-ed columnist for TheBoston Globe and her pieces have run in The International Herald Tribune and on NPR. She has a BA in art history from Yale, has taught writing at Emerson and Harvard, and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.
Born in the United Kingdom, Adam Davies studied painting before switching to large-format photography in the late 2000s. Adam Davies received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and has attended residencies at the Chinati Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown and Yaddo. In 2015, Davies was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and was the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. He was an artist-in-residence at Creative Alliance in Baltimore where his recent exhibition featured collaborations with Los Angeles-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai and Baltimore-based percussionist Adam Rosenblatt.