Almost 25 years after the corrosion of the Soviet Union, still little is known about the social fabric that wove it together. Architecture and urbanism have been one of its strongest warps: creating a feeling of social unity and being one of the agents of its dissolution. This continent of architecture, afflicted by inner contradictions that enfolded within a homogenized space, is full of masterpieces waiting to be formally discovered. Trespassing Modernities explores this landscape and an approach of building for a fundamentally different idea of society.
Examples of practices by local architects working in the 1960s and 1970s followed by the critical approach of the Paper Architecture movement in the 1980s are brought together from the 15 countries that once made up the Soviet Union. Through a selection of scale models, drawings, photographs, films and ephemera that portray the legacy of post-war Soviet architecture, the exhibition will offer a glance at a still existing void in the canonical history of architecture. This issue will be discussed further in a conference to be held at SALT Galata on May 10–11.
Trespassing Modernities is programmed for SALT by Georg Schöllhammer with support from Ruben Arevshatyan. The exhibition is based on the research of Local Modernities, a project by Georg Schöllhammer, Ruben Arevshatyan, Klaus Ronneberger, Markus Weisbeck and Heike Ander, which initiated the exhibition Soviet Modernism 1955–1991 Unknown Stories (2012) at Architekturzentrum Wien.
Supported by Kalebodur.
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