KIRUNATOPIA Art on Landscape and Resources in Northern Sweden and Lausatia

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KIRUNATOPIA Art on Landscape and Resources in Northern Sweden and Lausatia, Kunsthaus Dresden

23. November 2014 – 15. March 2015

An exhibition and program of events in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Sweden, Kunstfonds/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresde, and KONCENTRAT, an independent art space in Kiruna.


Contributing artists: Lara Almarcegui (Rotterdam), Agneta Andersson (Kiruna), Jürgen Bergbauer (Straubing), Dave Hullfish Bailey (Los Angeles), Haifische Dresden Süd-West (Susanne Hampe, Birgit Schuh, Lisa Stagge, Christoph Rodde), Klara Hobza (Berlin), Geir Tore Holm und Sossa Jørgensen (Skiptvet), Lina Issa (Amsterdam), Matthias Jackisch (Dresden), Ingela Johansson (Stockholm), Gerda Lepke (Gera/Dresden), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Övre Soppero), Jürgen Matschie (Bautzen), Heide Nord (Leipzig), Barbara Raetsch (Potsdam), Grit Ruhland (Dresden, Ronneburg), Götz Schlötke (Dresden, †) , Boris Sieverts (Köln), Ingo Vetter (Bremen), Liselotte Wajstedt (Kiruna), Marion Wenzel (Leipzig), Florian Zeyfang (Berlin)


In 2011 the Goethe-Institut Stockholm, in cooperation with the cultural department of the City of Kiruna, the Bildmuseet Umeå, the University of Umeå, and the Konsthall C/Stockholm, initiated an international Artist-in-Residence Program to let artists observe and reflect upon the social, urban and landscape-related changes on site. In cooperation with the Kunsthaus Dresden, this artistic research will be continued. With newly produced artworks and loans from the collection of the Kunstfonds/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the expanded exhibition Kirunatopia at the Kunsthaus Dresden again takes up the often controversial debate on the relationship between art, (post)industrial landscape, resources, and democracy. A further issue is the historical relationship to affected cultural minorities—in this case the Sorbs in Lusatia.


The exhibition and program me of events Kirunatopia in Dresden is curated by Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz (Kunsthaus Dresden), Silke Wagler (Kunstfonds/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden).


Archive material:


Film, The Mine Strike 69/70, by Margareta Vinterheden / Alf Israelsson. 73 min.


13 artworks from the Miners’ Strike Art Collection, Gällivare museum, Sweden.


Documentation of backsides presented as a slideshow.

With support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.



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