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Kiruna is currently in the midst of Sweden’s largest ever urban transformation project. The city centre is being moved to make way for the expanding mine; buildings listed as cultural monuments are being demolished or moved to new locations and one third of Kiruna’s residents will need to relocate. The exhibition Kiruna Forever explores urban transformation through the lens of contemporary art with works by artists from Norrbotten, Sápmi and around the world. Konstmuseet i Norr is hoping to provide Kiruna residents and others with an opportunity to reflect on this transformation through art.

The exhibition Kiruna Forever, which has been produced by Konstmuseet i Norr, will display five newly produced works that offer a perspective on Kiruna’s ongoing transformation. The contemporary art works have been specially commissioned jointly with ArkDes, Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, which is hosting its own Kiruna Forever exhibition in Stockholm in parallel with the exhibition in Kiruna. Certain works will be shown at both venues. In addition to the jointly commissioned works, the museums have each produced their own materials as a part of the respective exhibitions.

The artists and artist groups in the exhibition are:

Norrakollektivet: Anja Örn, Fanny Carinasdotter och Tomas Örn
New Mineral Collective: Emilija Škarnulytė, Tanya Busse
Territorial Agency: Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, John Palmesino
Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing och Michiel van Iersel
Joar Nango

The works focus on the human impact on the planet. The exhibition evokes existential questions, questions humanity’s relationship with the natural world and touches on the situation we face with the planet’s dwindling natural resources. The artists also explore the relationship between power and natural resources. Kiruna is a microcosm of events that are currently unfolding across the globe.

About Konstmuseet i Norr and ArkDes
Konstmuseet i Norr, Norrbotten’s County Art Museum, displays socially engaged, critically oriented contemporary art with a variety of artistic expressions, mediums and practices.  

The mission of ArkDes, Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, is to elevate the national dialogue around the issues of design and architecture.