Pink, carnation pink on this occasion, appears to be a very popular colour choice for posters in Stockholm. It certainly attracts my eye.
Utopian Bodies, on at Liljevalchs currently, sets out to show how can fashion be harnessed to create a better future. The mix of artistic creativity and innovative technology sounds fascinating. This exhibition closes on 7 February, so hurry along if this appeals to you too. Sadly my next visit is not due until 10 days after it closes.
The other pink sign that caught my eye on last week’s trip, with a pleasant tree both on poster and next to it, suggested something environmentally happy to my non-Swedish speaking brain. A bit of google searching and translating, revealed that this is a play based on a Swedish book from 1992, Caring for the Elderly in Upper Kage Valley by Nikanor Teratologen (published in English as Assisted Living). This is on at Turteatern until 5 March, but having read the reviews I have no intention to attend! The book met with much uproar when it was published: it is written as the autobiography of a young boy who tells in immense detail of the nightmare life he lived under the most dreadful treatment by his grandfather.
A colourful note on carnation pink: It seems that the first recorded use of carnation as a colour name in English was in 1535. It was taken on as a Crayola colour in 1903 and is still one of their offerings.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 23 January 2016