Out of Scandinavia

Artist-in-Residence Program

The 2019-20 Out of Scandinavia Artist in Residence, Swedish filmmaker, writer, and editor Lawen Mohtadi, is an active influencer in social and cultural journalism. Her best-known work is her acclaimed biography of the Roma civil rights legend and beloved Swedish children’s author Katarina Taikon (1932-1995), which Mohtadi adapted into a documentary film, TAIKON, in 2015. An English translation of Mohtadi’s biography, along with a translated selection of Taikon’s famous children’s stories featuring a Romani girl protagonist, was published in 2019 by Sternberg Press (distributed by MIT Press) under the title The Day I Am Free / Katitzi. Copies of this book are available for purchase at The Book Mark.

As the 2019-20 Department of Scandinavian Studies Artist in Residence, Mohtadi will join us on campus from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. Honoring the intention of the annual OOS Artist in Residence Program, Mohtadi’s visit will focus on working and interacting with students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies and across campus. While here she will visit courses in many departments, including SCA-100, “Scandinavian Life and Culture”; SCA-211, “Diversity and Social Change in Scandinavia”; SCA-334, “Nordic Cinema”; ART-244, “Radical Visualities”; ART-388, “Video Art II”; ENG-112, “Intro to Creative Writing”; ENG-253, “Writing Fiction”; POL 399 Senior Seminar, “Revolting Children”; and GEG-238, “Global Migration.” Mohtadi will also engage with the writing tutors in Gustavus’s Writing Center and join students for a fika in the Swedish House, hosted by the Viking Society, during her stay.

In addition to her class visits, Mohtadi will offer a public film screening of her film TAIKON, followed by a lecture and Q & A, “TAIKON: The Untold Story of a Roma Freedom Fighter,” on campus in Alumni Hall on Wednesday, March 25. The film screening begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. On Friday March 27, she will repeat her lecture at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. Both evening events are free and open to the public, and copies of Mohtadi’s book The Day I Am Free / Katitzi will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

The Gustavus Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program is proudly supported by the Marguerite Olson Pratt Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program Endowment Fund established by Charlotte (Pratt) '86 and Henrik '88 Nordstrom of Minneapolis, Minnesota in honor of Charlotte's late mother Marguerite, member of the Gustavus Class of 1953, life-long educator, and avid promoter of all things Nordic.

For more information about this year’s OUT OF SCANDINAVIA WEEK, please contact department Chair Ursula Lindqvist at ulindqvi@gustavus.edu.