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Pidgeon Digital

Pidgeon Digital

TRIAL PERIOD. 14 May - 12 July 2024.

Pidgeon Digital is a resource that gathers digital talks on architecture. It was created by Monica Pidgeon, who for many years was the editor of the journal Architectural Design (found in the library). The talks are by some of the world's most well known designers and architects. At the moment, Konstfack has a trial period of Pidgeon Digital lasting into July. Take the opportunity to sample the contents of this unique resource before the trial period ends, and don't forget to send any feedback to the library! Is this a valuable resource for the future?

Pidgeon Digital (lnk)


Utställningsaffisch Róisín O'Connor - A Nest Within

Róisín O’Connor - A Nest Within


“Intelligence is no longer ours alone but is a property of the earth; we are in it, of it, immersed in its depths. And indeed each terrain, each ecology, seems to have its own particular intelligence, its unique vernacular of soil and leaf and sky”.      -    The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abrams

 With these works the binary of interiority and exteriority is presented. But what I am learning is how to represent the invisible subterranean action of the forms I once considered complete. I am interested in what can be seen with the naked eye when revealed yet obscured by a substrate or layer. It is a sadness that the force that created the ceramic hive or cocoon has become invisible. I was there, I promise - like a bird who made their precarious nest. The network of scratches and gouges are hidden, and I am not always comforted by this, yet does the working made visible destroy the wonder? Does physically seeing the thread-like hyphae of mycelium, diminish the awe of entangled life that I had once imagined to be like star constellations illuminated in the soil.  These works are a material metaphor, and yes, an abstraction of nature, but simultaneously they are vessels hosting the intangible embryonic forces of nature.

This is a “work-in-progress” display that presents emerging ideas during the residency funded by the Anglo-Swedish society in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, 2024.


Book exhibition on the theme of Text and music. The image shows covers of a selection of the books in the exhibition.

Text + musik

BOOK EXHIBITION. Music lyrics, musicians who write poetry, authors who collaborate with musicians, and some visual artists who work with music and text. A book exhibition with descriptive texts by the library staff.


Utställningsaffisch Research Lab i biblioteket april 2024

in the making: the crack that lets the light shine in

EXHIBITION“in the making: the crack that lets the light shine” is an exhibition and a celebration of a publication with the same title. This publication marks discussion, investigation, and making, done individually as well as collectively by this year’s Research Lab students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge. Encompassing a wide range of material and subjects, their practices dance in/around crafts as artistic practice-based research.

Participants: Anne-Marie Dehon, Bogil Lee, Daniel Ramos Obregón, Davide Ronco, Erik Lindeborg, Henny Linn Kjellberg


Utställningsaffisch Official Timeline - Martina Lundkvist, april 2024

Official Timeline - Martina Lundkvist

EXHIBITION. The phrase Official Timeline is borrowed from the video game world and means one canonical chronology in which to understand the storyline of a long going franchise consisting of many games, often released without chronological order in mind. Many times the official timeline is therefore a retroactive construction. This whish for a neatly organized system is found within almost every field of research, not least when it comes to human history writing. But there is something about the human nature that is not possible to fit in one official timeline.

Map showing the location of the old school at Hötorget

Images from the first Konstfack

EXHIBITION. The library displays another batch of images collected in conjunction with Konstfack's 150th birthday in 1994. The photographs were originally exhibited in 1997 in an exhibition called Konstfack i bild (Konstfack in images). This selection of photographs shows students at work in various studios. The majority of the photographs were taken during the 1950's.



Utställning Liu Xing, Konstfacks bibliotek mars 2024

Untouchable Land - Liu Xing

EXHIBITION. "Untouchable Land" is an ongoing project that delves into a personal fascination with space and time, asking the question "where do I belong".  

The journey commences with the self-portrait "Meteorite," a symbolic representation of self-discovery. Inspired by the Chinese interpretation of my name, Liu Xing, meaning "shooting star" or "meteorite," Meteorite serie reflects a profound journey of self-identifying. This exploration is intertwined with my experiences of emigration, leading to a deep sense of double consciousness and identity complexities. 

As an extension of this exploration, the exhibition showcases a collection of ink paintings portraying imaginative interpretations of enigmatic and untouchable places. Through these paintings, I reflect on the mysteries of existence and the limitations of perception. Moreover, my experimentation with ceramic planets further expands upon these themes, encouraging deeper contemplation of existence. Together, "Untouchable Land" explains a multifaceted my exploration of identity, belonging, and the profound mysteries of space and time. - Liu Xing


Utställning Konst i biblioteket mars 2024

Inbetween Distance & Closeness 

EXHIBITION. Students from the Department of Fine Art exhibit in the library and in the gallery Pölen. Featured artists: Charlie Vince Jakobsson, Leo Jittaksa, Johanna Teodora Kim, Constance Michnik, Daiane Rafaela, Olle Witt.


Books with examples of artists' writings

Artists' Writings

BOOK EXHIBITION. Florence Wild is an artist and also a staff member at the library. She has curated a collection of books showcasing artists who write. 

Artists write. They write poems, diaries, novels, reviews, criticism, lists, manifestos, work titles, notes, essays, journals, scripts, performances, scores, zines; they write for themselves and for others, about their own work, about other artists work, and as a part of their own practices. 

The books on artists’ writings exhibited here have been chosen from the Konstfack Library Artists’ Writings subject heading. If you search a subject heading in the Konstfack Library catalogue you will find all the books that have been indexed with that subject. 

An artist myself, many of the titles here are books I have borrowed from the library, that I have read and that have inspired and informed my own writing and artistic practice. All the books are available for loan. Be sure to search the subject heading Artists’ writings in the library catalogue to explore the full list of over 150 titles.

- Florence Wild


Teacher education students show ceramic vessels

Ceramic Vessels

EXHIBITION. Students from IBIS, Konstfack's teacher education programme, show the results from their first design course.


Books from 2023

Books from 2023

BOOK EXHIBITION. We have gathered all the books in the library that were published during 2023, at least the ones currently available, and now we are displaying them on a shelf in the library. You will find the exhibition on the wall by the staff room, right by Interior architecture. The books can be checked out even though they are on display. The library staff have also made book recommendations from the past year. You will find them by the library entrance. The books are available for loan!

Students outside Café Kafferasten at Sergelgatan, photographer unknown

Images from the first Konstfack

EXHIBITION. The library displays images collected in conjunction with Konstfack's 150th birthday in 1994. The photographs were exhibited in 1997 in an exhibition called Konstfack i bild (Konstfack in images). The library now shows a small selection of these images. These are the oldest photographs in the collection, and are all taken at the time when the school was placed at Mäster Samuelsgatan, near Hötorget. The building was the first specifically built to house the school.

Exhibition in the library

"Kolla vad jag gjort i slöjden!" 

EXHIBITION. A selection of works from IBIS sloyd studentsproduced during their first semester. In the sloyd teacher education programme at Konstfack we work with both soft and hard materials: textiles, wood and metals - and often in combination! 

The exhibition is shown 11 - 26 January in the large library window.

Exhibition poster


The Letter Form — An Introduction to Typeface Design

Graphic design & Illustration, K2

EXHIBITION. This course introduces the students to the drawing of letterforms and type design. We outline the ways a typeface can take shape, from a sketch to a digital translation in the software Glyphs. During the first week we study the construction of letters and their proportions and learn how to build an alphabet bit by bit, beginning with the lower-case letter ‘n’. The students construct the alphabet using geometric shapes and practise various methods of sketching, by hand and using digital tools. The end result is the project shown in this exhibition. The second week of the course began with a workshop in Variable Type with former Konstfack student Lars Høie who now lives and works in Oslo. The remainder of the course was spent finishing the typefaces as far as the timeframe allowed.

Featured students: Alice Göransson, Amanda Hoy, Cecilia Vårhed, Charlie Ljunggren, Elsa Sjökvist, Johanna Bergkvist, Julius Lindahl, Katja Reimers, Lina Alarabi, Lisa Samuelsson, Maja Godek, Mathilda Orczykowska, Mikaela Wei, Nora Barrios

Teacher: Jens Schildt


Poster for weaving exhibition in the library


EXHIBITION. Textile Bachelor students show results from a six week workshop course in weaving, inspired by Kina Slott, The Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm.


Textile sculptures of birds in exhibit in Konstfack's library

Textile sculpture

EXHIBITION. Students from the The Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education exhibit sculptures from a course in textile construction. One of the tasks in the course is to create An unfamiliar bird

1. A bird is formed in clay. 2. A paper pattern is constructed, and the textile bird is sewn together.

Beside constructing the pattern, the task is to convey a cultural expression in the bird. Where does it come from?

The images represent a small selection of the birds in the exhibition.


Exhibition by Moa Edvinsson

The library of reflecting artifacts

EXHIBITION. What items are showcased in our bookshelves and what stories do they tell?

Welcome to this little bookshelf. Here you can find different artefacts that you may have in your own library. Feel free to flip through these books and share something yourself. The books are hand bound and the bookshelf is made in papier mâché. This is an installation from the exhibition Our House. Our House presents work from the GFI second year course Rumsligt with Catherine Anyango Grünewald.  Each student was assigned a room in the house and tasked to present their research into this space as a spatial experience.

Moa Edvinsson, second year bachelor at GFI

You can find me and my work at or @moaedvin on Instagram


Exhibition poster of the exhibition Activism, artivism, craftivism and feminism in the library

Activism, artivism, craftivism and feminism

BOOK EXHIBITION. An exhibition showing 73 books that deal with activism, political engagement and feminism within the arts. The books are still available for loan during the exhibition period!

Image showing the artwork SOILU by Annika Toijanen

SOILU / Annika Toijanen

EXHIBITION. SOILU is an old Finnish word that means Northern Lights and is used to help describe waters movement on a lake surface. It is also the name of a small forrest lake in northern Finland where my grandmother was born, grew up and where my family still owns land to this day.

This small version of SOILU is built out of 700 strips of white copy paper, shaped and mounted into a pine frame. In all of my organic paper shapes I aim to build volume and strength out of flat and seemingly fragile material. Lights and shadows creates movement and life to them, which is experienced differently depending on where they are places and from which angle you look at them.  

My paper art is a way for me to research my Finnish heritage - a heritage from a country I´ve never lived in, with a language I only partly speak, but that holds my whole family history. I´m seeking to find a larger picture by working in a methodic and repititive way, combining many small shapes to build something larger. You could say that I´m building and recovering my family history, piece by piece... 

Read more here (Annika Toijanen's website)


Cover image of the book Det konstnärliga språket by Gert Z Nordström

Book release: Det konstnärliga språket by Gert Z Nordström

Book release for Gert Z Nordström's latest book Det konstnärliga språket is held in Konstfack's library 15 March, 2.30 p.m. No pre-registration necessary!

Gert Z Nordström became the first professor of Art education in Sweden and was for many years the Head of the department for Teacher Education at Konstfack, as well as being Assistant principal for Konstfack. He received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University in 2012 and is the author of a large number of titles in the shelves of the library at Konstfack.


Quiet Room exhibition

Quiet Room: the Archive


What happened to the quiet room?

A reflection on rest.

Come join us in the library.

Exhibition by Fine Art master's students D. Martins Lerias and Jonathan Anstett.

Read more here (external website)


Poster exhibition by PhD students


Posters by PhD students

EXHIBITION. During Konstfack's Research Week, the library exhibits posters by some of of the PhD students at Konstfack.

Stool by Fabian Hardt

Stool [not really] by the book

EXHIBITION. A liberating creation of a stool that goes against most intuition for an industrial designer. Instead of aligning and compromising design decisions with scalable industrial production purposes, the story of creation of this stool is imprinted with each imperfection. Form desicions emerged during the process of creation. Starting point was an unstable stool made from 1mm steel sheet. With hammer beats and rough welds the stool got its function and unique form. Explorations like this provide valuable insights to identifiy criteria for decentralized and local production qualities that could eventually counter mass productions.

Do we really want to scale up as much and fast as possible?

Fabian Hardt, Master student, Design Ecologies, year 1

The library's storefront window showing an exhibition by Teacher Education students
13 DECEMBER 2022

Slöjdens huvudverk

EXHIBITION. The year 2 Teacher Education students aimed at teaching at secondary school level, complete two courses during the autumn semester, Slöjdens material och redskap (= The Materials and Tools of Sloyd), and Slöjdens hantverk och formgivning (= The Craft and Design of Sloyd). The exhibition shows a selection of items priduced during these courses.

Illustration by Tania Goryushina 
28 NOVEMBER 2022

Illustrations by Tania Goryushina

EXHIBITION. Children's books and illustrations by Ukrainian artist and illustrator Tania Goryushina. Four of the books have been recommended by the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet). The books are available for purchase during the exhibition. Proceeds go to a charity supporting Ukrainian refugee children. The exhibition lasts between 28 November and 6 December 2022.


Book covers
23 NOVEMBER 2022

Book presentations

Some of the Konstfack teachers who were published in book form in the years between 2020 and 2022 gather to present their books in front of an audience. 
  • Martín Ávila: Designing for Interdependence : A Poetics of Relating
  • Tina Carlsson: jag vet hur folkhemmet luktar
  • Simon Ceder: Sexualitet och relationer : att möta ett engagerande och föränderligt kunskapsområde i skolan
  • Michell Zethson: kokoligrafin
  • Magnus Bärtås: Orienterarsjukan och andra berättelser


Illustrations by Maja Björk
14 - 27 NOVEMBER 2022


EXHIBITION. Maja Björk is showing uncomfortable textile sculptures and comic zines dealing with all the anxiety, jealousy, heartbreak and failures you can dream of. Indulge yourself in feelings you wish you didn’t have. Enjoy the less pleasant side of life!

Books by Åsa Pärson

Åsa Pärson

EXHIBITION. Exhibition around three books by Åsa Pärson: Fabricate - Composition and Texture (2017), Konsten att väva - en handbok (with Amica Sundström, 2021), Yoroke (2021). The books are also available for loan in the library!


Textile bird 
21 OCTOBER 2022

Textile sculpture

EXHIBITION. In the course Textila konstruktioner, year three students in Visual Arts and Sloyd work with clothes, form and identity, and different ways to create and shape woven fabric. The course starts off with instructions and exercises in shaping flat fabrics to tree dimensional shapes.

The exhibit in the library window contains examples from the following assignment:

An unfamiliar bird in textile costume

  • A bird is shaped in clay
  • The clay figure is clothed in paper and adhesive tape. The clothing is cut with a blade into flat shapes.
  • The pieces are cut in fabric and sewn together in the shape of the bird.

The assignment is to convey a cultural expression in the bird. Where does it come from, and how can that be shown? This is a central goal in the sloyd curriculum in the compulsory school in Sweden.


Books given away for free

12-16 SEPTEMBER 2022

Books given away

The Konstfack library occasionally rolls out carts full of books that we give away. These are often books received as donations – books that we already have in our collections and don't have the space to hold.
We want to offer books in good condition and of relevance to Konstfack. During the summer, we have therefore continued going through our library stacks and have selected numerous books that we are now giving away for free. These are often second or third copies of books that we find we no longer need to keep. Some of these may be old and worn, but some are brand new and without library markings.This year we are giving away a lot of books in art, design and architecture – as well as some other goodies!
Book carts with a mixed selection will be placed by the library's entrance, Monday-Friday throughout the week!

Books from degree exhibitions 2002-2022
22 AUGUST 2022

Degree exhibitions 2002-2022

BOOK EXHIBITION. We display a sampling of all the material the library has collected in conjunction with the Konstfack degree show during the last twenty years. Exhibition catalogues, artists' books, fiction etc. Most of the books are not found in the collections of any other library.


Konstfack Collection, book exhibition

20 MAJ 2022

Konstfack Collection

BOOK EXHIBITION. Exhibition of books published by Konstfack 2019-2022. Konstfack's publication committee was established in the autumn of 2018, with the stated mission of "promoting publications of high quality made by the researchers and teachers at Konstfack". Twelve books have been published since then, in four publication series:

  • Konstfack Research Collection
  • Konstfack Education Collection
  • Konstfack Artists' Book Collection
  • Konstfack Dissertation Collection


Exhibition Industrial design
28 APRIL 2022


EXHIBITION. Students from the bachelor programme Industrial design exhibit prototypes from a project on materials, prototypes and production.


Alice Larsson, paraphrase of Laocoön and His Sons
20 APRIL 2022

How is history made?

EXHIBITION. In the course History of art, design and craft (year 1) the students have worked with the theme How is history made? Works from two student groups are shown.

Amanda Leksell, Alma Jarnestad, Ambra Byrne, Johanna Söderberg and Jonathan Gard pose the question which objects, what kinds of knowledge become archived and are preserved? They are showing a glass receptacle that prompts the visitor to create an archive of the present time at Konstfack.

Alice Larsson, Hanna Ailaskar, Hannah Nittnaus and Ronja Joensuu have worked with the paraphrase as method where they translate and research historical works by Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970), Yayoi Kusama (1929), Anders Bruno Liljefors (1923–1970) and the three sculptors Athenodoros, Polydorus and Hagesander from around 170–50 BCE (the photograph shows Alice Larsson's work paraphrasing the sculpture Laocoön and His Sons)


Timeline 1884-2022

8 APRIL 2022

Timeline 1844-2022 

BOOK EXHIBITION. A book exhibition highlighting a number of former Konstfack students. Hilma af Klint, for instance. She was trained in portrait painting at Tekniska skolan (later renamed Konstfack) in the 1880's. A couple of decades later she began to make abstract paintings inspired by spritism and theosophy. Now widely regarded as a world pioneer in abstract art, she is the first stop on the timeline.

Bokuställningar april 2022

1 APRIL 2022

Three simultaneous book exhibits!

EXHIBITIONS. We exhibit books by every recipient of the Hasselblad Award, from 1980 (Lennart Nilsson) to 2022 (Dayanita Singh). The second exhibit consists of books published during 2021, and lastly, a small exhibit honouring this year's laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) and former Konstfack student Eva Lindström.

Robot i form av ett stort skaldjur

28 MARCH 2022

Semiotic & 3-D gestalt

EXHIBITION. Second year students from the bachelor programme Industrial design show results from the course Semiotic & 3-D gestalt, led by Cheryl Akner Koler and Jonas Lundin. The frame of each of the robots is a dish brush, and it is set in motion by vibration created by a small battery powered motor attached to the brush. 

Blue, yellow

Exhibition textile industrial production February 2022

10 FEBRUARY 2022

Industrial production

EXHIBITION. A course in industrial production is held during the fall as a part of the bachelor programme Textile. The third year students participate in study visits at the major hubs of the Swedish textile industry. One of the tasks during the course is to work together with a manufacturing company and work out a proposal using the technology available at the company. A sampling of the resulting works is exhibited in the library window display. The students have worked with two companies, Ekelunds Linneväveri in Horred and Hitex in Svängsta. Participating students: Emma Lundberg, Micael de Leeuw, Carli Halvars, Lynn Stenvall, Tyra Mohager, Moa-Matilda Nilsson, Sanne Lovén Rolén


Woven works by students from the bachelor programme Textile
19 JANUARY 2022


EXHIBITION. Students from year one students at the bachelor programme Textile exhibit woven works. The quotes in the exhibition come from the book On weaving (1965) by the German-American textile artist Anni Albers (1899-1994).


Media students

Media students' degree projects

EXHIBITION. Ten weeks of intensified media studies have resulted in three 3D-animations, four 2D-animations, two stop motion animations, one art film, six analogue photos, three digital photos, one logotype and two 3D-prints. It also resulted in six workshops in six different schools and a web page with teaching aids. Link to the exhibition web page.


Textila skulpturer

24 NOVEMBER 2021

Textile sculpture

EXHIBITION. Students from the The Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education exhibit sculptures from a course in textile construction. One of the tasks in the course is to create An unfamiliar bird

1. A bird is formed in clay. 2. A paper pattern is constructed, and the textile bird is sown together.

Beside constructing the pattern, the task is to convey a cultural expression in the bird. Where does it come from?

Dapper librarian in front of self-check machine

26 OCTOBER 2021

Help us improve!

November 1 to 19 we will need your help to make the study environment in the library better.

Every Monday we will ask a new question on our whiteboard in the library and on social media. Please answer on the whiteboard, per e-mail or on social media.

There will be sweets available in the library as a reward.

Exhibition about Artists' books
31 AUGUST 2021

What is an Artists' book? Examples and explanations from the library

EXHIBITION. Artists' books and related items from the collections of the library at Konstfack. The display cases contain rare copies of books usually kept behind lock and key: exhibition catalogues and artists' publications that the library has collected through the years. On the shelves along the wall is an assortment of Artists' books and books about Artists' books, all available for loan.


29 MARS 2021

Covid Creatures 

EXHIBITION. 29 March - 20 April 2021. The second year students in the bachelor program Industrial Design exhibits works from a course. The assignment was to dramatize expressions and identity in a robot - to create a scenario that links associations to cultural attitbutes and rituals that give meaning and identity to the robot.




BOOK EXHIBITION. 18 January 2021. The exhibition is based around a reading list on discrimination, racism, feminism and colonialism, put together by the group Our Spaces / Våra rum. The library had some, but not all of the books. We now have most of them. The books do not have to remain on the shelf, all of them are possible to check out!

Access - exhibition
19 OKTOBER 2020


EXHIBITION. The second year master’s CRAFT! students put together a real webshop for an exhibition that never happened. We are 24 crafters from Konstfack who were given the task to create real gift shop items from fake exhibitions, each corresponding to a year in the history of the Stockholm House of Culture. Gallery 6 is an imaginary space floating above the House of Culture, since the opening in 1974. We hereby invite you to consider how culture is consumed. How to get access? Who has access and what is accessed? The products displayed here give an insight to each year and simultaneously ask you to question what you take away from an experience.

View the exhibited objects here

Swedis Book Art 2019

1 OKTOBER 2020

Svensk bokkonst 2019

EXHIBITION. The prize ceremony for Svensk bokkonst 2019 (Swedish Book Art 2019) was held at Konstfack on Thursday 1 October 2020. As usual many of the recipients have been Konstfack students or employees. Among the names you will recognise the former students Sandra Praun and Oscar Guermouche ("Noir"), Lena Sjöberg ("Min syster är ett spöke") and Nina Ulmaja ("Strindbergs lilla röda", "A Book Is A Book Is A Book", "N/L:s poesibibliotek").

The 25 awarded books are being exhibited in the library until 16 October. The exhibition will then travel around Sweden.


Degree exhibition-exhibition 2020

Exhibition about the Konstfack Degree Exhibition 2002-2019

EXHIBITION. Every year the library collects catalogues and student publications produced in conjunction with the Degree Exhibition. This year (2020) the exhibition could not be held in a traditional manner, and was instead turned into a web-based exhibition. This meant fewer publications for us to gather, but it also meant the return of the printed exhibition catalogue! For the first time since 2008 the Konstfack Degree Exhibition gets an official printed catalogue. The catalogue is published later in the fall, but the library wishes to celebrate the occasion by showing examples of student-initiated catalogues and other student publications from the 21st century. Most of these were made during the years when no official printed catalogue was produced by Konstfack. 

The exhibition contiues until further notice. 

The library

17 APRIL 2020

Spring 2020

Due to the global virus epidemic the library is currently closed to the public and most of Konstfack's students. You can find information about how to use the library's resources from home on the intranet.

Use the library from home (intranet)


Women designers and artists2 MARCH 2020

Women designers and artists at Konstfack

BOOK EXHIBITION. The library exhibits books by and about designers and artists who at some time studied at Konstfack, from Hilma af Klint (who studied painting at Tekniska skolan for one year in 1880) through Elsa Beskow, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Torun Bülow-Hübe, Rosa Taikon, Cecilia Edefalk, Tuija Lindström to Erika Lagerbielke and Lotta Kühlhorn.


20 FEBRUARY 2020

One book – a course for GF&I, Ceramics & Glass and Fine Art

EXHIBITION. The exhibition lasts until 24 February.

bild av utställning


The Life of an Itinerant through a Pinhole

EXHIBITION. Behzad Khosravi, PhD student at Konstfack, exhibits objects linked to his PhD project in the library window.

The exhibition lasts until 10 February.

Behzad's own description:“The Life of an Itinerant through a Pinhole” presents the relationship between class identity and the means of production in Tehran between the years 1956 and 1968 by undertaking a historical analysis of archival images produced by a working-class immigrant community. A local itinerant photographer, Gholamreza Amirbegi, documented the images in question. The collected images present the identity of a particular social group in the city of Tehran, following a period of immigration to the capital due to the effects of war and the subsequent economic devastation and the epidemic of bankruptcy among smaller cities. The images reveal diverse subjects in relation to the urban life in the southwest of Tehran. Gholamreza’s images underline the relationship between global and local subjectivity of image production within an isolated working-class neighborhood in the southwest of Tehran. By renarrating the archival materials, resignifying subaltern histories and evoking memories, this unknown archive tells stories of the social changes in contemporary Iran from below, as experienced through the images of global cinema, unconscious colonial memory, and means of production from the subalterns.[1] This chapter introduces and reinforces the necessity of itinerancy, not just as an activity on the part of Gholamreza, but to present the notions of global traveling images and colonial history, and their effects on social and political conditions. I also highlight the absence of representation of this political and social identity in the realm of contemporary arts in Iran, as well as in the modern Iranian nation-state’s desire to construct a domestic “primitive” people in order to build a Tehran-centric national culture.[2]
By applying a comparative historical material analysis, I develop a multi-sited practice and archaeology of contemporary history. I explore the possible resemblances constructed on the notion of unconscious colonial memory, proletarianism and the technology of image production behind it within societies sharing interconnected histories. I offer a reinterpretation of everyday historical observations of the image—one that is taken for granted—into an archaeological one: the prestigious and valuable object. We must dig into the history to discover the lost identity and then displace the image of the past from its historical location in order to address the question: What happens to the past from the perspective of the future?"


foto av utställning


PhD students exhibit in the library!

EXHIBITION. A few of the PhD students at Konstfack exhibit their projects in the library window during Konstfack's Research Week 2020.

Industrial production

18 DECEMBER 2019

Presentation of a process

EXHIBITION. 18 December 2019 - 12 January 2020. Third year students from the bachelor programme Textile is exhibiting results from the course Industrial production. The course is collaborating with different partners from the textile industry each year, and this year they have worked with Ludvig Svensson. 


Aftonbladet 10 oktober 1844

28 NOVEMBER 2019

The Jubilee Exhibition

EXHIBITION. 28 November - 4 December 2019. In conjunction with the publication of the new book 175 år av kamp, glädje och misslyckanden (= 175 years of struggle, joy and failure) celebrating Konstfack's history, the library is exhibiting materials from our collection that relate to the themes in the book. The exhibition only lasts for one week, so hurry up!

The image above is an advertisement in the newspaper Aftonbladet from 10 October 1844, advertising the new school, the "Sunday Drawing School for Craftsmen".


The Facit model


Book presentation and exhibition with Our Polite Society

6 November 2019. Jens Schildt, visiting teacher at Graphic form and illustration at Konstfack and part of the design firm Our Polite Society, presents the book project The FACIT Model. The subject of the book is the typewriter and office furnishing manufacturer Facit in Åtvidaberg, Sweden, which for a period in the 20th century was a world leading company in its field, but which did not survive the burgeoning globalization of the 1980's. The book presents materials from the company archive. The presentation is held in Swedish, with a reading of extracts from the book in English. 

An exhibition of background material for the book is shown in an exhibition in the library, beginning on 6 November.


Picture books
14 OCTOBER 2019

Picture book artists who studied at Konstfack (again)

BOOK EXHIBITION. 14 October 2019. Once again we are showing childrens' picture books by artists who were once students at Konstfack - but it's not the same exhibition as the last time! Most Swedes (and some non-Swedes) will be familiar with at least some of these books.



Book presentation with Tomas Colbengtson

11 September 2019. Tomas Colbengtson will be showing images of his artwork and talking about his new book, Faamoe, meaning strenght, power or endurance in the southern Sami language. The book deals with loss of language, colonization and encorced migration of the Sami people. Swedish text by Jan-Erik Lundström, translation into the south Sami language by Per-Martin Israelsson.

Read more about the book here (in Swedish).




Zickermans studiesamling

EXHIBITION. September 2019. We have made some changes in the library stacks during the summer. Among them is a new exhibition about Lilli Zickerman and her study collection which is stored there. There is also a new folder about Lilli and the collection, unfortunately only in Swedish. The collection has been digitized:Hemslöjden


Poetic Form

EXHIBITION. 2 September 2019. The exhibition Poetic Form is shown outside the library during the introduction week for new students. The library has chosen among books by Swedish poets designed by former students at Konstfack.

Artists' books
30 AUGUST 2019

Artists' Books and comics

EXHIBITIONS. 2 September 2019. The library is proud to present two small exhibitions in the library during the introduction week for new students. Both exhibitions are situated along the same wall of the library, where we have mounted the new shelves for Artists' books. The first exhibition focuses on Artists' books by students and staff at Konstfack. The second exhibition is an updated rerun of an exhibition held earlier in the year, presenting comics by Konstfack students and staff.

29 MAY 2019

"Främmande fåglar i textil dräkt"

EXHIBITION. 28 Maj - 5 June 2019. Teacher education students in the second year exhibit textile sculptures of birds in the library window.

More information (in Swedish)

16 MAJ 2019

Konstfack degree exhibition 2019

EXHIBITIONS. Four students exhibit in the library during the Konstfack degree exhibition. 

AnnaLeena Prykäri, Fine Art (Master)
Carola Björk, Fine Art (Master)

Olle Helin, Fine Art (Bachelor)
Joel Arizona Widerberg, Fine Art (Bachelor)


Människan - en berättelse 

EXHIBITION. 9-29 April 2019.  An exhibition in the library, by Beatrice Nydahl, Ibis, Ämneslärarprogrammet (Bild och media).


5 APRIL 2019

Comic creators at Konstfack

EXHIBITION. 6-7 April 2019. In conjunction with The Stockholm International Comics Festival (SIS19) the library, together with the bachelor program Graphic design & illustration and the master program Visual communication, presents an exhibition of comic creators with a background at Konstfack, either as students or as teachers. The exhibition takes us from Swedish comics pioneer Oskar Andersson who graduated in 1898 until the present day, and includes many well known artists from the medium of comics. Parts of the exhibition will continue to be shown in the library after the festival.

Affisch serieutställning

27 MARCH 2019

Digitisation of the Zickerman collection

The Swedish craft association Svenska Hemslöjdsföreningarnas Riksförbund has just finished digitising the study collection put together by Lilli Zickerman in the early parts of the last century. The collection consists of 12.000 partially colored photographic reproductions of Swedish vernacular textiles. The collection is the property of the association, but it has been housed at Konstfack since 1947. Below is a short video presenting the collection and the digitisation (in Swedish).

 Watch the video here.


22 MARCH 2019

Mapping the field of jewellery

EXHIBITION. 22 mars - 3 april 2019, in the library

What does the field of contemporary jewellery look like? In Sweden, Europe, the world? What is the arena we are entering into like, and what do the established names say? The second-year students at the bachelor program at Ädellab have interviewed four professionals in the field of jewellery, in Sweden and internationally.

Mapping the field of jewelleryUtställning Ädellab 2019

21 JANUARY 2019

Picture book artists who studied at Konstfack

BOOK EXHIBITION. The library exhibits books by former Konstfack students, such as Tove Jansson, Ilon Wikland, Jan Lööf, Eva Eriksson, Pija Lindenbaum, Stina Wirsén and Siri Ahmed Backström.


10 JANUARY 2019

Action & failure

EXHIBITION. 10-21 January 2018 in the library. The third year students of the bachelor program Industrial design exhibit self initiated design explorations.



30 NOVEMBER 2018

Textile birds

EXHIBITION. 30 November - 21 December, in the library.
Fourth-year students from the teacher education program for Visual Arts and Sloyd exhibit textile birds in the library window. 



The video lounge

What happened to the library’s video lounge? That poorly lit room with dark red walls in the corner of the library? Anyone? No? Well, the correct answer is that the room is back! But now it can even be used as a bookable group room, a room for one on one tutorials or reading, as well as a video lounge. The walls are white and the lighting in pretty intense. Perhaps a little too intense for watching films, so be sure to turn off the lights by the door. The video cases are no longer housed on shelves along the wall. Instead, you will find the covers in a number of binders, with the categories Contemporary, Historical, Students and Documentary (see the picture below). If you would like to watch a film, contact one of the library staff, who will get you the actual disc or video cassette. The library gleefully awaits the inevitable renaissance of the VHS.

Video lounge



New semester - new students - new books

The library has been closed for a large part of the summer, but we have continued to buy new books the whole time, and they are now on display here and there in the library. A selection of new books is shown in the image below. Please click on the image for a more readable version!

39 pressbilder från OEI editör / Cecilia Grönberg | Allmän didaktik : mellan normativitet och evidens / Alexander von Oettingen | Altered States of Consciousness / Marc Wittmann | Art, media design, and postproduction : open guidelines on remix and appropriation | Artists and their books : books and their artists / Marcia Reed, Glenn Phillips | Arts and crafts in Waldorf schools : an integrated approach | Autism och ADHD i skolan : handbok i tydliggörande pedagogik / Anna Sjölund… | Barns lek och experimenterande verksamhet / författare: Sarah Damgaard Warrer |Blå jakaranda : mitt tack till Afrika / Peder Gowenius | Built unbuilt / by Julien De Smedt and Julien Lanoo [photographer] | Carousell / Felice Hapetzeder, Kristina Kvalvik, Marit Lindberg… | Craft becomes modern : the Bauhaus in the making | Crepuscular tales / Peter Köhler | Design moves : translational processes and academic entrepreneurship … | Det universella språket : efterkrigstidens abstrakta konst | Didaktiken efter Vygotskij : design för lärande / Staffan Selander | Don't sleep : the urgent messages of Oliver Munday / Oliver Munday | Duotone : limited colour schemes in graphic design / edited by Design 360 Magazine | Estetiska ämnen och genus / Eva Skåreus (red.) | Forensic architecture : violence at the threshold of detectability / Eyal Weizman | Fågelsång och betong : Mattias Bäcklins konstnärskap / text: Björn Norberg | Goodbye world! : looking at art in the digital age / Omar Kholeif | Graphic design sourcebook : the 100 best contemporary graphic designers | Helt vildt! : the second golden age of Danish design | KKV - konstnärernas kollektivverkstad en svensk kulturhistoria | Kreativa slöjdlärare | Kul att det körs / fotografi: Per Englund | Köket : rum för drömmar, ideal och vardagsliv under det långa 1900-talet | Låtsasheten / Nathalie Ruejas Jonson | Lärandets ordning och reda : ledarskap i klassrummet / Marcus Samuelsson | Läraryrkets etik och värdepedagogiska praktik / Gunnel Colnerud | Makeover : conversions and extensions of homes and residential spaces | Newspaper design : editorial design from the world's best newsrooms | När Sverige blev modernt : Gregor Paulsson, vackrare vardagsvara, funktionalism... | Om färg / K. G. Nilson | Passage, schakt, nisch, fodring : vandring / Petra Gipp | Pedagogik som vetenskap : en inbjudan / Mattias Nilsson Sjöberg (red.) | Plan and play, play and plan : defining your art practice / Janwillem Schrofer | Prompt : socially engaging objects and environments / Tamie Glass | Rave art : flyers, invitations and membership cards : from the birth of acid house… | Reading art : art for book lovers / David Trigg | Red Thread / Charlotte Higgins | Shizuko Yoshikawa | Street to studio / Rafael Schacter | The artist as : producer, quarry, thread, director, writer… | The constituent museum : constellations of knowledge, politics and mediation | The design of childhood : how the material world shapes independent kids | The material culture of tableware : Staffordshire pottery and American values | The trade of the teacher : visual thinking with Mieke Bal / Jeroen Lutters | Wind upon the face of waters / Johan Willner | Zoe Leonard : survey

29 JUNE 2018

Study Support Unit - language support for students

From the autumn term of 2018, the library will be responsible for building a Study Support Unit at Konstfack. The purpose is to provide all students with good conditions for completing their studies.

The Study Support Unit's mission is to provide language support and language supervision in Swedish and English that will help students develop their writing, speech skills and their study techniques. Read more


8 JUNE 2018

Closed for summer

We are now closed for summer. Welcome back Monday 27 August. We would like to wish everybody a really nice summer!

18 MAY 2018

The Degree exhibition in the library

The Konstack degree exhibition is in full swing, and this year some of the works are exhibited in the library. Among those are the printed publications produced by students for the exhibition, and an installation piece by Maria Hilmersson Landgren.

Maria Hilmersson Landgren

16 APRIL 2018

Exhibition downstairs in the library

EXHIBITION. Don't miss this exhibition in the library stacks, in the room that houses the Martin collection (the volumes on shelves in the image below). The artist is Master student Qingqing Zhang, and the title of the work is "Amid Otherworldly Stages". Dates: 16-20 April.


3 APRIL 2018

Ice Snow Sápmi

EXHIBITION. Textile works by students from the Techer Education program are shown in the library on 11-27 April. The students have made an inspiring study trip to the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi and the Jokkmokk Winter Market.


28 FEBRUARY 2018

Speech Synthesis software TorTalk

TorTalk is a speech synthesis software that handles all types of text on your screen, including images of scanned text. The software is pre-installed on computers in the library and in some of the computer rooms. Konstfack students and staff can also install the software on their own private computers.

For more information on TorTalk, contact the library at


22 FEBRUARY 2018

Self service is back!

The library is once again equipped with a self-check machine for checking out and returning books. 

We are sorry for the inconveniance our users have suffered during the past few weeks. The members of staff, however, have appreciated some of the effects of the missing machine, namely that we have had more interactions with our users than we've had in a long time. Remember that you're always welcome to approach us with your questions, and we are also happy to help with book loans!


22 FEBRUARY 2018

Posted / Unposted

EXHIBITION. Artist book Posted / Unposted is exhibited in conjuction with the GFI course 'Boken'.

An artist book project with special emphasis on letterpress (boktryck) printing, consisting of 24 unique envelopes by 24 artists, that expose the variety of ways letterpress can be used as a creative process.

The envelopes are on display in the glass cases at the library.

The library has also selected a number of titles exploring ideas around letterpress, artist books, mail art, printing, collecting and more, all influenced by Nordic Letterpress Collaboration’s Posted / Unposted.

The material comes from the various corners of the library’s collections, and include journals and articles, monographs and other artist books.


15 FEBRUARY 2018

A book in the library! 

EXHIBITION. See the results of a three week interdisciplinary course in book making, involving students from Graphic Design & Illustration, Ceramics & Glass and Fine art. The exhibition is shown in the library 15-21 February. 

En bok

18 DECEMBER 2017

New artwork

The sight of our new artwork will not have eluded any visitor in the library during the past few days. This majestic animal is placed on one of the book shelves in the library. The artist is Mari Anari, who is currently a student in the Master program CRAFT - Ceramics & glass. 

Mari AnariMari Anari


World of Desire - Benedetta Crippa

EXHIBITION. This handpainted sign in the library window is to advertise the exhibition of the book work "World of Desire" by Benedetta Crippa. The book consists of 17 loose leaves and is placed on top of the Oversize books shelf by the information desk in the library 7-15 December 2017. 

Benedetta Crippa


Christmas exhibition 2017

EXHIBITION. Our christmas exhibition starts today! We're showing christmas-related ads from older magazines found in the library stacks. Most advertisements are focused on food and drink, mostly the latter, which is also reflected in the title of the exhibition (see below). The exhibition is curated by library assistant and artist Florence Wild, and will be shown for the whole month of December. 

Jul 2018


Student work exhibited

EXHIBITION. Students' work from the first half of the 20th century are now shown in the library!


18 APRIL 2017

Japanese prints

EXHIBITION. Starting Tuesday 18 April 2017 we're showing Japanese prints from the library collections. The image shows one of many hand-coloured woodblock prints på Keika Hasegawa depicting chrysanthemums.


6 APRIL 2016

Aurél Schiller

EXHIBITION. The exhibition "Är du där - sover du" (Are you there - are you sleeping) is shown in the library 6 October - 4 November 2016.

Aurél Schiller, who is a former teacher at Konstfack, is exhibiting ink drawings. The exhibition is a cooperation between the library and the Ädellab department.

Aurél SchillerAurél Schiller