Lena Pozdnyakova: Imagining Art Spaces in Slum Cities
Imagining Art Spaces in Slum Cities
One billion people in the world live in slums, and that is the third of the world’s urban population or the sixth of all population on the planet. This data raises the question whether the reality of slums would once become reality of every growing city. Surprisingly, ignorance of state institutions in countries with the most high rate of slums along with institutional inability to deal with the growing population leaves slums to self-control and self-organization.
Study of both positive and negative aspects and inverse of power and urbanity opens up interesting points for the strategic intervention.
Project – /Projection community Hub/ takes upon the area in part of Kibera slum / Kenya, third largest Slum in the world, and focuses on the architectural and artistic approaches of an architect coming to the ›Slum City‹ – aiming to gain better understanding of the site, and aiming to create stage for communication and interaction that would be interesting for both – community outside and the slum itself, however giving the designed objects in the hands of slums.
Project aims to speculate on the existing lack of knowledge on the slums as an emerging phenomena, therefore the choice of ›Birds eye view‹ for story telling tool is chosen. Investigation in both theoretical / research part, and architectural / artistic methods result in artistic strategy for integration, strategy for upgrade of some slums and in creation of a new object on the site as an architectural intervention.
Project tells several stories in its content:
The story of an architect, aiming to communicate and understand the slum (Outlook and research on the role of an architect and research of the site)
The story of society, presumably being interested in understanding slums more and more (Program)
The story of the slum, in the context of global world ( Research and Statement on the theme)
The story of the proposed object itself for people in both communities ( Artistic intervention and Concept)