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Caroline Walker and Olga Ravn: narrative and motherhood


Headshot of Caroline Walker and Olga Ravn

Photography credit: Peter Mallet, Lærke Posselt

Join one of Denmark’s leading contemporary novelists, Olga Ravn and painter Caroline Walker, as they explore motherhood, narrative, self-care and how this manifests in their creative practice.

Barbican Encounters stages interdisciplinary dialogues between major figures shaping our culture, from the visual and performing arts to fashion, design, and technology. At each encounter, the Barbican invites two people from different creative worlds to share their experiences, giving speakers and audiences alike a unique insight into their knowledge, influences and creative process.


Caroline Walker (b. 1982) is a Scottish-born artist, based in Dunfermline. Her paintings reveal the diverse social, cultural and economic experiences of women living in contemporary society. Institutional solo exhibitions include those at K11, Shanghai (2022); KM21, The Hague (2021); MAC, Birmingham (2021) and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018). She is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery; GRIMM, Amsterdam / New York / London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. 

Olga Ravn (b. 1986) is one of Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Her novel The Employees, translated by Martin Aitken, was nominated for numerous prizes, including the International Booker Prize and the inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. My Work, originally published in Danish as Mit arbejde, won the Politiken Literature Prize in 2020. She lives in Copenhagen.


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