Blocks of Flats by Mihai Rotaru

Tue. 18/07 → Tue. 18/07

Artichoke Coffee Shop, Calea Victoriei 45, Bucharest, Romania

GUYS,

ARTICHOKE hosts all sort of different exhibitions and now it's Mihai's turn to take over our walls.
Come by on Tuesday to meet him, our gang and the cool guy at Berero Store.
Yup, we'll give some free beers away.

SEE YA!

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Starting from the ‘60s, large collective housing units were added to the Romania’s urban landscape. In agreement with Communist propaganda, the flats have been designed following Soviet models and their purpose was to host as many people as they could. Built from prefab concrete elements, the buildings have been criticised over time for their repetition and dullness in regard to architectural expression.

Nowadays, housing blocks are refurbished during thermal rehabilitation and receive new bright colors on facades while ignoring their previous appearance. The grey blocks are colourfully painted in an attempt to add more personality. The styrofoam and flashy plaster look like a heavy make up while the flats preserve their low comfort.

Inspired by street front studies used in urban planning, the photographs illustrate street segments. Buildings are sticked together in a montage which recomposes the image of the large housing units. The result shows the uniformity of life the new man was forced to live. Similar to a visual remix, more and more elements arise today overcrowding and changing the landscape in a continuous attempt of the contemporary man to constantly adapt to new living situations.

ARTMAP

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Today at 19:30, Documentary Mondays la Meru IaşiToday at 22:00, Iasi
Today at 20:00, Orkid – live at Bucharest Photofest / Expirat / 25.09Today at 23:00, Bucharest
Today at 20:00, Bucharest Photofest.2017 → Mon. 09/10, Bucharest
Tmrw at 18:00, Ovidiu Gherasim – Proca: Clasa de mijloc în România.Tmrw at 20:00, Chisinau
Tmrw at 18:30, A Thirsty World, film screening, at Bucharest Photofest / Sep 26Tmrw at 20:00, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, București Docuart Fest 2017 – #docuartFest6 → Sun. 01/10, -
Tmrw at 19:00, Gala de deschidere Docuart Fest 6 / Înscrie-te online!Tmrw at 22:00, Bucharest
Wed. 27/09, Bucharest Science Festival 2017 → Sun. 01/10, Bucharest
Wed. 27/09, Filmul şi Literatura: invitat special Cristi Puiu → Wed. 27/09, Bucharest
Wed. 27/09, Proiectie film: Filantropica → Wed. 27/09, Bucharest
Wed. 27/09, Bucureşti. Instalaţie Umană. → Wed. 27/09, Bucharest
Thu. 28/09, Jaro Varga: Missing Something and Itself Missing | Opening → Thu. 28/09, Bucharest
Fri. 29/09, Art Encounters 2017 – Opening weekend → Sun. 01/10, Timisoara
Fri. 29/09, „La tigănci” după Mircea Eliade → Fri. 29/09, Bucharest
Fri. 29/09, Anim'est 2017 → Sun. 08/10, -
Fri. 29/09, Trippy Animation Night 2017 → Sat. 30/09, Bucharest
Sat. 30/09, LOCAL Records Relaunch Party pe terasă la MNAC → Sun. 01/10, Bucharest
Wed. 04/10, The Agency Of Touch → Thu. 05/10, Bucharest
Wed. 04/10, Agency Of Touch → Thu. 05/10, Bucharest
Thu. 05/10, Animusic Night 2017 → Fri. 06/10, Bucharest
Fri. 06/10, Călător în Orient w/ Vlad Petri → Fri. 06/10, Bucharest
Fri. 06/10, În serie – Expoziție de Artă Contemporană → Sun. 08/10, Bucharest
Sat. 07/10, Opportunity Weekend → Sun. 08/10, Bucharest
Sat. 07/10, Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land at Bucharest Photofest → Sat. 07/10, Bucharest
Sat. 07/10, ALL STARS For Outernational → Sun. 08/10, Bucharest
Sun. 08/10, CALUL ALB → Sun. 08/10, Bucharest
Thu. 12/10, Platforma Internațională de Teatru București #4 → Sun. 15/10, Bucharest
Fri. 13/10, Uriași de Pantelimon Street Art Days → Sun. 15/10, Bucharest
Mon. 16/10, AFF 2017 → Sun. 22/10, Sibiu
Wed. 18/10, Săptămâna Filmului Coreean → Fri. 20/10, Bucharest
Wed. 18/10, Seară de Film: Geography Club – CampusPride București → Wed. 18/10, Bucharest
Thu. 19/10, Jozef Van Wissem live in Control → Thu. 19/10, Bucharest
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