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.

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Today at 20:00, David Lynch: The Art Life / DMToday at 22:00, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, Boyz and girlzTmrw at 20:30, Bucharest
Wed. 22/11, MATER Coworking Open Day → Wed. 22/11, Bucharest
Thu. 23/11, GRAND Opening ~ noul sezon expozițional MNAC → Thu. 23/11, Bucharest
Fri. 24/11, Asia Fest 2017 → Sun. 26/11, Bucharest
Fri. 24/11, Lansare Arte și Meserii #15 → Sat. 25/11, Bucharest
Sat. 25/11, Târgul de carte “Gaudeamus”, Bucharest
Sat. 25/11, Black Lips live in Control → Sat. 25/11, Bucharest
Thu. 01/03, Kraftwerk 3-D live concert in Bucuresti → Thu. 01/03, Bucharest

You can still attend

Mon. 25/09, LdaVi Call for VR Worldbuilding Lab → Tue. 05/12, Bucharest
Thu. 09/11, Róbert Köteles Solo Show → Sun. 14/01, Bucharest
Thu. 09/11, Drink the Pink → Sun. 10/12, Bucharest
Fri. 17/11, Showcase | Școala feministă de vară → Sun. 26/11, -
Fri. 17/11, CinePOLSKA 2017 – filme poloneze la București → Sun. 26/11, Bucharest

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