The Sins of the Flesh and the Loneliness of the Soul – A Conversation with Peder Kjøs og Hilde Østby

A conversation between author Hilde Østby and psychologist Peder Kjøs, moderated by curator Kari J. Brandtzæg.



The conversation takes the exhibition Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch – The Loneliness of the Soul as its starting point, with its themes around the last taboos of our time – sexuality, aging and loneliness.

Peder Kjøs is author of Alene (Alone), in which he wonders how loneliness affects us in a time when life is about being seen. Hilde Østby is about to finish her book Kart over ensomheten (Map of Loneliness), which examines why this condition is on the increase among young people. Is loneliness a liberating, sad, or aggressive condition?

The conversation will be held in Norwegian. 

Peder Kjøs is a popular psychologist known for his NRK documentary Jeg mot meg and the podcasts Hos Peder and God Bedring, and as a columnist in VG+. He has written several books, most recently Alene (2019).

Hilde Østby is a historian of ideas, critic and author, whose works have been translated into twenty languages. She has written books about love, memory and creativity. Her book on loneliness is due to be published in 2022.

Kari J. Brandtzæg is curator of the exhibition Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch – The Loneliness of the Soul.