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Athena Farrokhzad and Farnaz Arbabi on  Sweden and White Blight

Submitted by Andrew Nestingen on December 2, 2015 - 2:59pm
  • Farrokhzad, Gavel Adams, Arbabi
    Farrokhzad, Gavel Adams, Arbabi
  • Athena Farrokhzad
    Athena Farrokhzad
  • Farnaz Arbabi
    Farnaz Arbabi

Theater Director-Dramaturge Farnaz Arbabi and Poet-Writer Athena Farrokhzad spoke about Farrokhzad's widely discussed, prize-winning Vitsvit (2013, White Blight) on Nov 30-Dec. 1, 2015. Arbabi worked with Farrokhzad to adapt Vitsvit as a play, which she then directed at the Stockholm theater Unga Klara. The play premiered to lively discussion in October 2015. Vitsvit is a long poem about a family at home in Sweden, whose home is elsewhere. In the poem, a mother, father, grandmother, and brother speak to each other in aphoristic, contradictory, and lyrical ways, which challenge taken-for granted categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality in Sweden. Farrokhzad and Arbabi's visit was organized by Professor Lotta Gavel Adams and made possible by the Barbro Osher Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies. Listen to a podcast of a discussion with students on Dec. 1.