Edith Södergran (1892 –1923) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet, one of the first modernists within Swedish-language literature and loved by generations of readers. 2023 marks 100 years since her death at the age of 31. She published four collections of poetry in her lifetime but gained wider recognition after her death. She is less well-known for her photographic work, which was significant in its own right.
Agneta Rahikainen and Eira Sillanpää have collected Södergran's poetry and photography into a book and an exhibition, which bears the name Världen är Min - The World is Mine. The book comes out in two languages, Edith Södergrans mother-tongue Swedish and in translation in Finnish.
The exhibition and book both introduce Södergran's photographic themes and perspectives. She often photographed her beloved cats but also the various people around her. There are women skiing, women working with household chores, landscapes from both her home in the village of Raivola on the Karelian Isthmus and from Switzerland where she spent considerable lengths of time in a sanatorium.
Exhibition opening and book launch on Tuesday April 4th from 5-7 PM.
Agneta Rahikainen has a Phd in Literature and has published several books about Edith Södergran, including the biography Kampen om Edith, which came out in 2014.
Eira Sillanpää studied English and Swedish and literature and has worked with books and media production. Since 2018 she has been running the Bookstore and Gallery Laterna Magica.
Published by Schildts&Söderströms
Eira Sillanpää, p.044 283 12 12
Agneta Rahikainen p. 040 673 5045
VÄRLDEN ÄR MIN