They play with a frozen salmon but forget to put it back in the freezer. They sing Hotel California and argue about how often you should call your mum. They talk about the European flat oysters, which no longer live in Denmark but in China. And then she curses the house, hoping to hasten the death of neo-politics.
Dear Reader. 1 February 2024, Art Hub Copenhagen releases four new publications. They’re fantastic texts, and we’re thrilled to share them with you: Protect the Salmon by the author and playwright Ida Marie Hede, Resort by the artist Filip Vest, Café Zero by the artist and chef Søren Aagaard, and Szwedzka 8 by the artist, choreographer and witch Vala T. Foltyn. You can read much more about them, and find out where to buy them, at the bottom of this letter.
First, however, here’s an extract from Vala T. Foltyn’s Szwedzka 8 as a preview of what’s to come. Foltyn’s piece brilliantly interweaves her own personal history with queer theory, Nazi-era persecution, the contemporary political situation in Poland, and medieval witch trials. As we join the text, Vala’s close friend and fellow artist Aneta Zukowska has just passed away and the house at Szwedzka 8, a century-old villa in Kraków, haunts Vala, pulling her back to the year 1943.
Have a good read!