A Place of Resting and Waiting

Veronika Zapletalová and Maciej Rawluk

Opening | > 12th April 2014 | > 5 p.m.
The exhibition will run until 7th July 2014

Curated by Sam


Both authors have taken upon themselves the role of researcher and archivist in this project and created vast cycles that form a collection of photographic material serving as a sociological probe. Thanks to them, the visitor has the opportunity to see many elements that can usually be seen separately simultaneously. A joy and energy extends from the abundance of photos and serves the construction and improvement of the weekend accommodation.

Veronika Zapletalova began work on the project Weekend Dwelling in 2000, when, as she writes in her website, chatarstvi-architektura.cz, she "... got a gift from her sponsors: a tourist map of the Czech Republic with a scale of 1:50 000 from the Club of Czech tourists. I spent a long weekend pouring over nearly a hundred maps by reading the poetic names of villages and hills and ticking the word "cottage" with orange polka dots." The result is her work: a documentary film and a selection of 500 images of several thousand Czech cottages. In the exhibition A Place of Resting and Waiting parts of this file are on display. Maciej Rawluk focused on Polish bus stops which, in comparison to cottages, also serve as a public space. They are a place of daily meeting which also protects us from the weather.Unfortunetly, due to the increase in the number of private cars, some of them have recently lost their function. A note of some significance on Polish culture can be found in Rawluk's finding that stops on opposite sides of the road are often constructed differently. the result of Rawlukov's collection is arranged in the picture book "Przystanki Polskie". Zapletalova and Rawluk documented small architecture without the presence of people.

Sam had alreasy addressed the topic of discrepancy between the high and low architecture in the object Summer Vomit (2009). In this exhibition, the situation is explained in terms of: small architecture = big ambitions. Other than visually expanding on the aforementioned lecture and presenting authors who have focused their attention on modest phenomena, this exhibition also fulfills the unwritten plan of the gallery to exhibit photos and architecture annually.

A catalogue of the same name was published and a program for schools was created to accompany the exhibition.