'A surprising jaunt'
Finnmark (Kismuth Books / 2020) is a new work of fiction by Dipika Kohli. The title alludes to one of Kohli's often-read childhood stories, The Snow Queen, which is by H.C. Andersen. Kohli's own visits to Copenhagen and the north of Finland in 2007, 2015 and 2018 helped her put this story together, too, in a collection of new writing that might surprise you.
Reading time 45 minutes
Dipika Kohli's written and visual work, as well as curations, juxtapose people, place, and found imagery in 'minitheaters'. She engages with media at hand, wherever she is, to build something out of what's available in that moment, with that feeling. A bricolage artist at heart, she thus invites the new to enter any frame: when mixed, there is invitation for those who are participant to connect, reconnect, and revisit their idea of such fixed thinking as 'this is where this is taking us' and 'here is what we know.' Do we know anything, for sure? Ask the quantum physicists. Ask N. Bohr: 'How wonderful that we have met with a paradox; now we have some hope of making progress.'