Future events


Kohta Zoom: Astrid Svangren och Monika Fagerholm


Time: Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 5–7 pm.

Venue: Kohta, Teurastamo inner yard, Työpajankatu 2 B, building nr. 7, 3rd floor

NB: Conversation in Swedish

Free entrance


Writer Monika Fagerholm and visual artist Astrid Svangren discuss the relation between writing and painting. Their conversation is moderated by writer and literary scholar Tatjana Brandt. This is the first event in the new series Kohta Zoom.

Astrid Svangren’s installation titled From Searching: Mirroring/Metamorphosis/The Last Rinsing Water/A Yellow Room/Perpetual Movement/A Kind of Thorough Rinse/Artificial Colour (2018) is on view at Kohta until 29 April. The complex site-specific work was commissioned by Kohta for an exhibition curated by Anders Kreuger.

Fagerholm and Svangren have taken the floor together before, during the Stockholm Literature Festival at Moderna museet in 2016. This was also an event where writers and visual artists came together to illuminate the boundaries between visual art and literature.




Monika Fagerholm (b. 1961 in Helsinki, lives in Tenhola) writes in Swedish. Her books are popular and have won awards in Finland and the other Nordic countries. Her breakthrough novel Wonderful Women by the Sea was published in 1994 and was followed by five other novels, most recently Lola Upsidedown in 2012. Fagerholm’s stories, known for their distinctive language and narration, have also been adapted for theatre and film.

Astrid Svangren (b. 1972 in Gothenburg, lives in Copenhagen and Oxford) has systematically expanded the field where painting can be applied. She uses various material and juxtaposes them in assemblages that often seem ‘poetic’ but at the same time form structured spatial totalities. Svangren has exhibited throughout the Nordic region, in other European countries and in the US.


Kohta Zoom is a new line of programming at Kohta. The aim is to stimulate in-depth discussion on the content of the exhibitions in conversation with exhibiting artists and other invited participants. The initiative is kindly supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.


Past events



Curator Anders Kreuger in conversation with Olga Chernysheva
Opening reception of Olga Chernysheva: ‘Ordered Equivocations’

Wednesday, January 10, 5-6 pm (talk) and 6-8 pm (opening reception)

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The talk is followed by the official opening reception of Olga Chernysheva’s solo show ‘Ordered Equivocations’ (on view at Kohta from January 11 to February 25, 2018).




Frame Espresso: Codependence III

Thursday, November 30, 4–6pm

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Frame Espresso: Codependence is a discussion series initiated by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, advocate organisation for Finnish contemporary art. The Codependence discussion series draws out of the open call for the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017 and the rich selection of proposed projects addressing the many dependencies and exclusions haunting the notion of independence. Each session brings into dialogue resonant recent projects by invited artists.

The third event focuses on matters more than human, featuring artists including Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen and Tuula Närhinen. The discussion is moderated by Taru Elfving, Head of Programme at Frame. The discussion is co-organized with Kohta.

Location: Kohta, Työpajankatu 2 B, 3. floor,  Helsinki (Teurastamo area, building n.7)

Read more on the Frame Contemporary Art Finland website