Copyright: Hans-Olof Utsi
28 June 2012Compulsory Relocation
A remote town 150 kilometres north of the Polar Circle: this is Kiruna, a northern Swedish mining town, which is literally on the brink. The reason: the ground underneath Kiruna is crumbling and cracking. It contains the world’s largest iron ore deposit and is now threatening to collapse. Along with the entire town, 20.000 inhabitants will be evacuated and moved. This state of things is, of course, rife with a sort of absurdity. The Goethe-Institut in Stockholm thought so and initiated the art project Kirunatopia. Eleven international artists are offering their takes on location with the town’s transformation.