Artist Talk Series

The Art department's public lecture and artist talk series takes place in the evenings 17:30-19:00 in either the Svarta Havet or Mandelgren auditoriums at Konstfack. All lectures are free and open to the public.

This year's series has been organized by professor Lisa Tan.

Upcoming lectures:

Lecture 03 
Jumana Manna

Monday 20 January, 2020, 17:30-19:00
Konstfack, Svarta Havet

Lecture 04
Walid Raad

Monday 23 March 2020, 17:30-19:00
Konstfack, Svarta Havet


Autumn 2019


Lecture 01
Michael Rakowitz

Thursday 19 September 2019, 17:30 - 19:00
Konstfack, Svarta havet
Introduction by Isabella Kalén (BA2) and Ferdinand Evaldsson (MA2)

Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American artist whose projects grapple with the history of Iraq, its diaspora, and the broader Middle East. Projects such as The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2007-ongoing) and Enemy Kitchen (2003—ongoing) contend with the aftermath of the US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq in 2003.

"Over the years Rakowitz has received great acclaim for projects that push gestures of ostranenie, or estrangement, to operatic dimensions: In New York he once served an Iraqi-inspired dish on plates looted from Saddam Hussein's palaces (Spoils, 2011), and for Documenta 13 he presented copies of books that were burned in the Fridericianum in Kassel during World War II; the copies were carved from travertine collected in the hills of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, where the Taliban blew up two massive sixth-century sand- stone Buddhas in 2001 (What Dust Will Rise?, 2012).

"For Rakowitz, the practice of, lifting an object or material from its given context and embedding it in an unexpected setting or giving it an unwonted purpose lends itself to a multidimensional confrontation that is powerful not only for the highly politicized and controversial terms of this dislocation but also for foregrounding destruction as the defining motif in the history of civilizations."
- Gökcan Demirkazık, Artforum review January 2019

Michael Rakowitz's exhibition The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room G) is on view at Malmö Konsthall from 14.9 2019 – 12.1 2020.

Rakowitz has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including a major survey of his practice this year at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Castello di Rivoll, Turin, and Malmö Konsthall. He has been featured in group exhibitions including the 14th Istanbul Biennial; Yokohama Triennale, Japan; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany. He recently completed the Fourth Plinth commission in London's Trafalgar Square. He is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


Lecture 02
James Richards

Thursday 10 October 2019, 17:30-19:00
Konstfack, Mandelgren
Introduced by Erik Viklund (MA1)

James Richards' artist talk includes a compilation video made specifically for this single occasion and shown 'for one night only.' Titled Some Rushes, it re-appropriates a selection of his earlier works, as well as work from other artists with whom he has had a continued dialogue with. In that spirit, one of Richards' long-time conversation partners, artist Martin Gustavsson, senior lecturer in art at the Department of Fine Art at Konstfack, will lead a question and answer session, weaving in his own relationship to Richards' work.

Due to copyright reasons, James Richards' compilation video Some Rushes has been edited out of the lecture documentation.

James Richards (born Cardiff 1983) is an artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. Through archival research, found footage and extensive collaboration, his video, sound and curatorial projects examine themes of obsession, desire and technology.

James Richards' solo exhibition Speed II (with Leslie Thornton) was presented at Malmö Konsthall from 16 March – 26 May 2019.

Other recent solo exhibitions include Crossing (With Leslie Thornton), Secession Vienna, Migratory Motor Complex, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (both 2018) Music for the gift, Welsh Pavilion at the Venice Biennial (2017), Requests and Antisongs, ICA London; Crumb Mahogany, Bergen Kunsthall and Radio at Night, Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux (all 2016); James Richards, Kunstverein Munchen (2015) and Not Blacking Out Just Turning The Lights Off, Chisenhale London (2011).

Updated: 2 October 2019

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