Exhibition view, "The Architecture of Confinement" (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
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The Architecture of Confinement is the second chapter of the exhibition trilogy “The Architecture of…”, conceived for BNKR in Munich. The exhibition trilogy “The Architecture of”, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, showcases artistic positions at the intersection of art and architecture. The Architecture of Confinement, references the use of the building as an internment camp during the denazification policy period from 1945 to 1948.

BNKR is housed in a former WWII air-raid bunker, and each of the three parts relates directly to different episodes in the evolving history of the exhibition building from 1940 until today. The first one, titled The Architecture of Deception, referenced the building’s external camouflage residential features, and was on view from March 2020 until April 2021. The trilogy will conclude with The Architecture of Transformation later this year, exploring the building’s current use as a mixed residential and exhibition space.

Grand Hôtel Barbès, 2018, short film 12 min 13 sec. With Ulysse Sa Silva, Ali Ramdani (Bboy Lilou), Junior Bosila Banya (Bboy Junion), Kévin Staincq (Bboy Lil Kev), Cindy Martinez (Bgirl Minzy), Fouzia Benouaret. Courtesy the artist and ONP / Les Films Pelléas. "The Architecture of Confinement" (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Grand Hôtel Barbès, 2018, short film 12 min 13 sec. With Ulysse Sa Silva, Ali Ramdani (Bboy Lilou), Junior Bosila Banya (Bboy Junion), Kévin Staincq (Bboy Lil Kev), Cindy Martinez (Bgirl Minzy), Fouzia Benouaret. Courtesy the artist and ONP / Les Films Pelléas. “The Architecture of Confinement” (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

Six artists relate to the The Architecture of Confinement’s concept through existing or commissioned works. A site-specific installation by Nadia Kaabi-Linke references the architecture of imprisonment. Özgür Kar’s video installation shows the effects of isolation on the individual. In her photographic works, Joanna Piotrowska examines the complex relationship between the human body and its physical environment. A sculpture by Mona Hatoum playfully tackles the interdependence of two closely connected individuals. Ramzi Ben Sliman’s film is a reflection on art as a means of transcending the confines of socio-economic boundaries. A new work by Annika Kahrs, specifically commissioned for this exhibition explores the connections between space and sound in a period of isolation.

Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled (5 different works) 2015 - 2017, silver gelatine print. Courtesy of the Artist and Southard Reid. "The Architecture of Confinement" (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled (5 different works) 2015 – 2017, silver gelatine print. Courtesy of the Artist and Southard Reid. “The Architecture of Confinement” (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

A comprehensive archive wall, which is presented in the center of the exhibition, complements the artistic positions. It illustrates both the historical context of the original use of the building as a bunker during the Second World War, as well as its importance in the post-war period and the conversion of the architecture into its current state. The exhibition is conceived as a dialogue between the featured artistic positions, the confined architecture of the exhibition space and the history of the building. Through creating a holistic experience, the exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the effects of physical and social restrictions and their effects on the individual.


The exhibtion is on view until the 17th of October at BNKR, Munich

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