Piata Rosa Luxemburg
   
   
Piata Rosa Luxemburg, stickers, Periferic 8 Biennal, Art as Gift, 2008
Piata Rosa Luxemburg tries to fulfill the function of a public square where people from all generations can gather and discuss. We were thinking on this space as a metaphor for a ideal place, a temporary square which can migrate in different territories of the city underlying the necessity of public space in the frame of community and acting as a catalyst for social awareness. We choose Rosa Luxemburg as a symbol for hope and by placing her texts about peace, freedom and social equality on the walls of the structure we wanted to comment if after the failure of socialism in our country we could still afford to think in a utopian way.
   
   
Piata Rosa Luxemburg, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Periferic 8 Biennal, Art as Gift, 2008 / Infopoint of the biennial
designed by architect Markus Bader, Raumlabor

We continued this project by making a sculpture documenting a demolished monument. We asked a student in architecture (Alexandru Camil Isan, University of Architecture Bucharest) to construct a model of the demolished memorial of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Berlin.
The student had to reinvent lost parts of the monument from the information we had from pictures found on internet.

Rosa Luxemburg Demolished Memorial, architecture model, 2009
They frequently turn to modernist architecture, viewed not only as a repository of memory, but also as a field permeated by social ideals and ideologies, an indicator of people's way of living and understanding the present. Their metaphoric, poetical artistic practice constantly moves between realistic evaluation of the object of inquiry and the shaping of images of hope.
Besides the discursive entry, another grounding element of the exhibition is the model which reconstructs the demolished Berlin memorial of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebnecht, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1926. Rosa Luxemburg, the left-wing socialist, antimilitarist and antidogmatic thinker, activist and writer, who dedicated herself to the project of a new world, constructed by the people by their own efforts, is evoked here as a symbol of hope. Thus the model in the exhibition stands for a monument of hope, which questions the utopian potential that lies in post-socialist societies.
text by Judit Angel, Flying Utopia, tranzit.sk, 2015.









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