SOFT CITY: Azra Aksamija, Pushwagner, Dubravka Sekulić
September 13 thru November 8, 2009
Location: Hogewal 1-9
Opening: Saturday September 12, 5 pm
Introductory talk by the artists, 4 pm
Sunday September 13, 2009, 3 pm by Azra Aksamija
Sunday October 4, 2009, 3 pm
Sunday November 1, 2009, 3 pm
The exhibition 'Soft City' shows the specific way in which artists depict the mental, psychological and socio-economic effects of how people are organizing or are being organized.
In his key work, the pictorial novel 'Soft City' (1969 - 1975), the controversial Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner (1940, Oslo) describes the standardized daily life in an Orwellian, dystopian city. With compassion, feeling for the absurd and a sometimes satirical view, Pushwagner perceives the life of a family in a top-down organized city.
For four years Azra Aksamija (1976, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) observed ‘Arizona Market', the largest black market in the Balkans, which grew into a settlement with 2200 companies, 65 bars and 7 nightclubs. She describes this city as a bottom-up "bizarre body, surrounded by minefields and ruins". Impressed by the vitality of the residents and their ability for self-organization, Aksamija created ‘Arizona Road' (2002), an installation consisting of video registrations and architectural interventions for the benefit of a flexible urban development. In addition to ‘Arizona Road' Aksamija also shows the brand-new work ‘Contraption' (2009).
Website Azra Aksamija
Architect/researcher Dubravka Sekulić (1980, Nis, Serbia) shows parts of ‘Belgrade, Belgrade: Ongoing Archive of Unruled Practices', a project mapping informal transformation processes in Belgrade. The project was initiated by Dubravka Sekulic and Ivan Kucina in 2006 as a series of workshops with students of Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. ‘Russian Pavilions' was developed by Dubravka Sekulic as an independent research project. ‘Roof Extensions' was the first workshop in the series and took place in May 2006.
Website Dubravka Sekulic
Parallel to the exhibition Stroom offers three presentations by research teams (centred around artists, designers and architects from The Hague) focusing on the influence of informal social and cultural structures on urban development in Yogyakarta (Indonesia, Krijn Christiaansen and Ingrid Mol), Kumasi (Ghana, Ralf Pasel, Immanuel Sirron-Kakpor, Remy Jansen, Ghana Atelier of the Academy for Architecture Rotterdam) and Tblisi (Georgia, Peter Zuiderwijk, Onno Dirker and Ergün Erkoçu).
Acknowledgement: Mondriaan Stichting, Generali Foundation Wien, Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur, Foundation Design Den Haag 2010-2018.
- 13 Sep '09 - 08 Nov '09
- Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
- Entrance: free