Monument to the Sisters of the Revolution

Aleksandra Wasilkowska
Patio del COAR

With the collaboration of the Instituto Polaco de Cultura

The collective unconscious and history of architecture are rooted in the utopias of fictitious cities and buildings that have one common denominator: all have been designed by men; think Le Corbusier’s Radiant City, Archigram’s Walking City, the Situationists’ New Babylon, Charles Fourier’s Phalanstère, Yona Friedman’s Spatial City, Frederick John Kiesler’s Endless House, Étienne-Louis Boullée’s Cenotaph for Isaac Newton, Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s Ideal City of Chaux, or Giorgio Rosa’s Republic of Rose Island. In the courtyard of the Official Association of Architects of La Rioja building, an anti-monument has been erected that symbolizes the end of male domination in the history of architecture. On the ruins of bygone utopias, a portent is slowly emerging of upcoming changes: a new, post-patriarchal, interspecies community. The extraordinary time of the climate crisis, the pandemic experience, and growing social stratification point to the need for realigning existing priorities and developing new models of design for all, where all species, classes, and identities can coexist in harmony.

This work is dedicated to women visionaries and architects: Ursula K. Le Guin, Pamela Sargent, Donna J. Haraway, Denis Scott Brown, Anne Lacaton, Lina Bo Bardi, Halina Skibniewska, Zaha Hadid, Anupama Kundoo, Eileen Gray, Kazuyo Sejima, Carme Pigem, Signe Hornborg, Beatrix Farrand.

Aleksandra Wasilkowska

Aleksandra Wasilkowska  is an architect and artist interested in spontaneous urban processes,  new materialism and speculative architecture.
Since 2008 she has been running her studio based in Warsaw/Poland and her focus is on architecture and spatial design combining art works with social research on  the so called  shadow architecture –  the term she coined to describe space functioning on the margin of the urban  system like street trade, public toilets, waste yards, cemeteries. Her studio currently works on projects  of bazaars’ revitalisation, designing schools, private houses, exhibitions, urban projects and city strategies as well as parks, secret gardens, public space installations and performative sculptures.

Wasilkowska has authored books such as  Shadow Architecture, City is the City. Aporia,  Warsaw as an emergent structure,  Emergency Exit.
She represented Poland at the XII Venice Biennale of Architecture (together with artist Agnieszka Kurant)  and Quadrennial in Prague (with Krzysztof Garbaczewski).
She exhibited in Guggenheim Museum in New York,  Public Art Munich, Seoul Art Center, Modern Art Museum in Warsaw and the Centre for  Contemporary Arts in Warsaw.
Her theatrical sets, installations and sculptures are in  public and private collections e.g.  The Black Island  (collection of National Gallery of Zachęta in Warsaw).

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