Kiruna Forever. Kiruna – a city in the northernmost part of Sweden – is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent history.

Exhibition: Kiruna Forever. Kiruna – a city in the northernmost part of Sweden – is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent history. The city centre is being relocated three kilometres northeast due to the extension of the iron ore mine around which Kiruna was built. A third of the city population must relocate, housing blocks and landmark buildings are being demolished or moved, and a new city is taking shape. But how do you move a city?
Lennart Durehed Kiirunavaara, 2019
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The new city hall pulls the next phases of Kiruna’s bold move eastwards as if by a magnet. Credit: Photo by Hufton + Crown, Courtesy of Henning Larsen (2018)
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Cred: Jessica Nildén, The pic was taken on 2017-08-31 when the house was moved. Building: Ingenjörsvillan. Info: Ingenjörsvillan is LKAB’s 39th building in order and was completed in year 1900.
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The new structure relocates not just the city’s place for gathering and governing but the heart of its shared memory and identity. Even on the greyest of days, the dawn will dazzle with the light of two golden suns. Credit: Photo by Hufton + Crown, Courtesy of Henning Larsen (2018)
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Girjegumpi - The Sámi Architectural Library is a mobile resource bank and a social platform that aims to shed light on indigenous architecture and colonial history in relation to architecture. It is built up around a collection of 250+ books dealing with diverse topics from old ethnographic registrations to more contemporary and political ideas and theory such as feminism, anarchism, decolonisation and land rights. The project has been touring the last 3 years and for each new destination there are various craft and design workshops held as part of the initiative. (Photo: Astrid Fadnes)
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Liselotte Wajstedt, Still from film ''Bromsgatan'', 2020
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Ralph Erskine, architect Lars Harald Westman, illustrator An Ecological Arctic Town, 1958 Gouache and pencil on print ArkDes Collections
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Outi Pieski Title: Ruossalas bálgát - Crossing Paths, 2014. Material: Rowan saplings and sámi shawl tassels Cred: Jussi Tiainen.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Ralph Erskine, architect Lars Harald Westman, Illustrator Arctic Town, 1958 Gouache on paper ArkDes Collections
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Borg Mesch Untitled, 1900 Kiruna Municipality Collections The photograph portrays the Söderberg family with one of the first buildings of the industrial settlement in Kirunavaara. The girl at the center of the image is the first female baby born in the settlement, who was given the name Kiruna by the Chairman of the Board of LKAB, GE Broms. The name Kiruna has been passed on to a sixth generation of the family until today.
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Hans Ragnar Mathisen Sábmi with only Sámi place names, 1975 Digital print on paper Courtesy of the author Hans Ranar Mathisen has devoted his artistic life to map Sápmi, the lands where Sámi people have lived for time immemorial across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The map presents the nordic region without border limits and marked exclusively with Sámi names for cities, towns and Sami villages. In addition to the 1975 map, Mathisen has made more than 50 maps of regions of Sápmi, as well as other Indigenous peoples. Sábmi with only Sámi place names is a reminder of the multiple ways in wich Kiruna (Giron in Sami) has been historically 'relocated' beyond the buildings and the built environment. Photo: Björn Strömfeldt.
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Hakon Ahlberg, architect Lennart Olson, photographer Iron Ore Hoisting and Separating Plant in Kiruna, 1960 Silver geliatine photograph ArkDes Collections.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Unknown photographer Ralph Erskine in front of Ormen Långe, Svappavaara, 1963 Silver Gelatin photograph ArkDes collections
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Ingela Johansson Silver tongue, the great miners’strike 1969-70, 2020 Three-channel video, 57 min. Commissioned by ArkDes Since 2010, Ingela Johansson has been working on her investigation around the great miners’ strike of 1969-70. Using archival material, Silver tongue, the great miners’strike 1969-70 is a sound and image interpretative cut out from the big assembly meetings ocurred at the Kiruna City Hall and other locations in Svappavaara, Kiruna, and Malmberget during the 57-day wildcat strike of 4,800 miners at LKAB. Archival images from Norrbotten Museums image archive and Kiruna Municipalitiy image archive. The sound provides from Kenny Karlssons’ private tape recordings from the big meetings in Kiruna and Malmberget. The sound is complemented by Malmberget meetings with tape recordings from Gällivare museum archive. The video piece was made possible due to the collaboration with Norrbottens Media together with its press-photographers, freelancing for various newspapers in Norrbotten, documenting the strike: Duff Deutgen, Rolf Eriksson, Jacob Forsell, Lennart Norman, Börje Rönnberg, Lars Öqvist and many more whose names were not mentioned in the archives. Kiruna Municipality has contributed with Börje Rönnbergs photographs. Thanks to: Norrbottens Media, Kiruna Municipality, Norrbottens museums bildarkiv, Arkivcentrum Norrbotten, Martin Ehrencrona, Nils Fridén, Emil Myrsell, Tomas Örn.
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Fanny Carinasdotter, Anja Örn, Tomas Örn A place disappearance, 2020 Film, copper plates and photography Commissioned by ArkDes and Konstmuseet i Norr with support by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee Sound: Robert Pörschke While the focus is often put in buildings in the relocation of Kiruna, A place disappearance describes the movement of nature that also takes place around the extractive efforts in the north of Sweden. Focusing on 22 of the trees relocated from an ancient forest surrounding the copper mine in Aitik, the installation puts in dialogue different forms of movement: The scientific community collecting data from the dead wood, the emptied natural spaces left behind that become places of worship, and the transformation of the villages of Sakajärvi and Liikavaara where people need to leave their homes behind due to the mining expansion.
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Cred. Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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Discover ArkDes and Arkitektur Förlags new book ‘Kiruna Forever’ Here’s your opportunity to read up on one of the most important urban projects in Sweden today. ArkDes is pleased to present the catalogue of Kiruna Forever, an exhibition looking at the ongoing relocation of Kiruna, a city in the northernmost part of Sweden which is being moved by three kilometres due to the expansion of the mine around which Kiruna was built. About the book Edited by Daniel Golling and Carlos Mínguez Carrasco Graphic Design by Magdalena Czarnecki Language: Swedish and English
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Discover ArkDes and Arkitektur Förlags new book ‘Kiruna Forever’ Here’s your opportunity to read up on one of the most important urban projects in Sweden today. ArkDes is pleased to present the catalogue of Kiruna Forever, an exhibition looking at the ongoing relocation of Kiruna, a city in the northernmost part of Sweden which is being moved by three kilometres due to the expansion of the mine around which Kiruna was built. About the book Edited by Daniel Golling and Carlos Mínguez Carrasco Graphic Design by Magdalena Czarnecki Language: Swedish and English
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Cred: Iwan Baan, Det globala Kiruna, 2020. Ett projekt av Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van Iersel. Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van lersel presenterar ett projekt som följer järnmalmens resa runt planeten, från marken i Kiruna, som transporteras med tåg och med fartyg, för att så småningom bli en del av olika föremål, från beläggningar och rörledningar till stålkonstruktionen på byggnader på andra sidan världen.
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Cred: Iwan Baan, Det globala Kiruna, 2020. Ett projekt av Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van Iersel. Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van lersel presenterar ett projekt som följer järnmalmens resa runt planeten, från marken i Kiruna, som transporteras med tåg och med fartyg, för att så småningom bli en del av olika föremål, från beläggningar och rörledningar till stålkonstruktionen på byggnader på andra sidan världen.
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Cred: Iwan Baan, Det globala Kiruna, 2020. Ett projekt av Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van Iersel. Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van lersel presenterar ett projekt som följer järnmalmens resa runt planeten, från marken i Kiruna, som transporteras med tåg och med fartyg, för att så småningom bli en del av olika föremål, från beläggningar och rörledningar till stålkonstruktionen på byggnader på andra sidan världen.
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Cred: Iwan Baan, Det globala Kiruna, 2020. Ett projekt av Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van Iersel. Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van lersel presenterar ett projekt som följer järnmalmens resa runt planeten, från marken i Kiruna, som transporteras med tåg och med fartyg, för att så småningom bli en del av olika föremål, från beläggningar och rörledningar till stålkonstruktionen på byggnader på andra sidan världen.
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Cred: Iwan Baan, Det globala Kiruna, 2020. Ett projekt av Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van Iersel. Iwan Baan, Anne Dessing, Michiel van lersel presenterar ett projekt som följer järnmalmens resa runt planeten, från marken i Kiruna, som transporteras med tåg och med fartyg, för att så småningom bli en del av olika föremål, från beläggningar och rörledningar till stålkonstruktionen på byggnader på andra sidan världen.
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