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The Photographic Artist’s Book: Performing sustainability

Karl-Johan Stigmark, Åtta Pappershändelser, 2020.

How might an artist act sustainably in a situation approaching an ecological collapse? What are the narratives and  artistic investigations that this condition might generate?  These are some of the questions that the course The Photographic Artist’s Book: Performing sustainability will discuss from the perspectives of artists and strategies for artistic publication. 

This is a full-time, one-year advanced course for practitioners in the fields of art, publishing, photography and related enterprises, who have an interest in integrating theory and praxis. From a socioecological perspective, the course aims to raise awareness through developing student projects—both with regard to the content of the publication and the methods of production.

With your application, you are asked to include a description of your photography project and how it relates to the course theme of sustainable action. During the course, students then prepare their artistic photographic material for publication. 

Students will work independently, but in dialogue with participants in their group. Combining theory with praxis, teaching is conducted in the form of group seminars, individual and group supervision, lectures and workshops. Activities are scheduled in blocks, on average four days a month, or 3–4 times each term. Between blocks, individual supervision and independent study are conducted. A fact-finding mission, with lectures, study visits and on-site gatherings, is planned. The course ends with a public presentation of student projects. Schedules are distributed at the start of the course.

Practical information

Advanced level, 60 credits, 100 %
Language of instruction: Swedish. Some course elements, including the reading list, are in English.
Course coordinators: Björn Larsson, Carl Johan Erikson and Åsa Andersson Broms.

Basic eligibility

Basic eligibilty: As for any freestanding course offering at the advanced level. 

Special qualifications: Master’s degree in Fine Arts, or other master’s degree of relevance. Alternatively, equivalent prior-learning competence. English language proficiency corresponding to the Swedish upper secondary level of English 6.

Claiming prior learning for those do not have a Master’s degree: applicants who through other education and professional activities have achieved a level of knowledge and competence corresponding to a master’s degree, and who possess the language capabilities required. Certificates proving this must be attached to the application.


Admission is based on a holistic assessment of the application: 3–5 work samples, CV and cover letter describing a photography project suited to the course theme that the applicant is expected to complete.


  • All applications are done digitally via the application button on top.
  • Application deadline: 15 April 2021.

Reading material

  • Katinka Ahlbom – Från konstverk till dokument
  • Mike Berners-Lee – How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything 
  • Additional reading meterial will be presented at the course start.