- Kiruna Forever exhibition ArkDes Stockholm
A major infrastructural and logistical task that begs the question of how to move a town? The exhibition titled Kiruna Forever examines the current relocation of the town by exhibiting over 100 works by architects, urban planners and artists who have transformed the community and addressed the challenges that have shaped the region – from the first industrial development and onward into the future.
Putting the relocation of Kiruna into a historical and geographical context, the exhibition reflects on the big questions that such a complex project provokes. What is the limit of our natural resources? What happens to the identity and security of residents when their homes are demolished? How do we decide whether cultural heritage should be preserved or sacrificed? How does the relocation affect the lives of the Indigenous population, the Sámi? How permanent are the cities we live in?
The exhibition is produced by ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. The first part of the exhibition will show five contemporary works of art created especially for the exhibition and which will also be on display at Konstmuseet i Norr and at ArkDes, Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm. The second part of the exhibition will be dedicated to the history of Kiruna, the visions of the future which were never to be, and memories and dreams from Kiruna residents. In this context, perhaps the most delicate challenge that Kiruna officials face is the moving of the heritage buildings, which are interwoven with the history and identity of the town.
The exhibition includes interviews with Kiruna residents, a 1:1 scale replica of the recently demolished Kiruna Town Hall, and original drawings and models from the ArkDes collections. Architects and artists include Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing and Michiel van Iersel; Design Earth, Henning Larsen, Ingela Johansson, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango, New Mineral Collective, Outi Pieski, Sandellsandberg Architects, Studio Folder, Territorial Agency, Anja Örn, Tomas Örn, and Fanny Carinasdotter; Liselotte Wajstedt, White Arkitekter with Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter, and more who are showcasing their interpretation of how to move a town like Kiruna and what the result might be.
Exhibition: Kiruna Forever: 24 April to 31 August 2020
at ArkDes, Stockholm and Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna
Curator: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Assistant Curator: Sujy Lee
Exhibition Producer: Johanna Fogel
Exhibition Design: Pernilla Ohrstedt
Graphic Design: Magdalena Czarnecki
Images: see captions
04_Erik Lefvander. Kiruna City Hall, 2018