The work and legacy of a Swedish human rights icon.
Katarina Taikon was an epoch-changing human rights activist, a prolific writer, and a countercultural icon in Sweden whose writing defined the Roma struggle for equal rights. Active in the 1960s through the 1970s, Taikon faced a Sweden in which the Roma minority was heavily discriminated against, excluded from housing, the education system and the rights of citizenship provided by the welfare state.
This book tells the story of Taikon's life in three parts: a 2012 biography of Taikon by journalist Lawen Mohtadi;Taikon in her own words, including the first volume of the autobiographical children's book series, Katitzi, in which Taikon writes about her struggle as part of an ethnic minority in Sweden; and an essay, written by curator Maria Lind for an exhibition at Tensta konsthall, that articulates the cultural impact of Katitzi.
Mohtadi's biography brought renewed attention to Taikon's literary and activist work and inspired a cultural reckoning that named Taikon one of the most important Swedish human rights figures of the twentieth century. The publication of this volume introduces Taikon's work and legacy to readers beyond Sweden.
About the Author
Lawen Mohtadi is a writer, editor, and documentary filmmaker. The Day I am Free, Mohtadi's first book, was critically acclaimed when it was released in 2012, winning four awards.
Katarina Taikon (1932–1995) was a Swedish civil rights activist and author.
Maria Lind is Director of the Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, and former Director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2010, Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press.