Cordial invitation to the opening on Moday 23rd July at 7 pm
The summer exhibition at the Architekturgalerie München is dedicated to Sofia Dona, this year's prizewinner of the City of Munich young talents award, whose work ranges between architecture and art. Sofia Dona shows a series of video projections and photographs that are part of her site-specific installations, as well as her new work ENTMIETUNG.
The work of Sofia Dona deals with social, economic and political questions through site-specific works. Whether focusing on the border area between Mexico and the USA, her native city Athens, Munich, Leipzig or Detroit, Dona creates installations and video works that distort established understandings of everyday life. She examines phenomena of eviction, deals with architectural symbols of power, looks at historical situations and stories from a different perspective to reveal hidden, forgotten or unnoticed elements. An important part of her artistic practice is the creation of an defamiliarising effect that produces both revealing and poetic works.
“The acts of doubling (the balcony in Der Balkon), displacing (the streetlight in Lighting-Up Time), and enlarging (the door in La Puerta De Las Californias) turn familiar objects into unexpected elements of a narrative. Undergoing processes of defamiliarisation, estrangement, ostranenie, the altered artifacts become capable of revealing stories and meanings, reenacting memories and raising awareness, through the exceptional ordinariness of simulacra.” "Defamiliarisation as Architectural Practice" Architectural Review, Sofia Dona & Giorgia Aquilar, Ark, 2/2018