Andjela Vasic, Jeremy Schipper, Pera Hardy
Space in itself is a void, reliant on the planes and frames, entrances and exits that inform its presence. Layered within the means for identifying and engaging with a space are the signifiers, hierarchies and systems that define how the space can be used, who can enter the space, as well as the social interactions and transactions that occur within and outside of the space. The individual and collective memory are tied to the space as a record of activity, meaning and identity. When a space is demolished, so too is the record.
This is the time, this is the space, this is the record.
Unfolding Landscape presents a series of exhibitions with a focus on architecture to take place at Fine Art Framing & Services over the summer. This series coincides with UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture SALON 2019, and is guest curated with architectural designer Dana Salama.
The series opens with a group exhibition featuring work by Andjela Vasic, Jeremy Schipper, and Pera Hardy that investigate space as memory.
Transcribing the In-Between: Empowering and Preserving Belgrade’s Informality
Belgrade’s fragmented body of architecture emerged as a result of the shifting political and cultural conditions throughout its history. Its perpetual mediation between a wide variety of contradictory demands and influences generated a cultural and architectural layering. Within the interstices of these formal layers, informal programs developed.
The government’s recent push for modernization has taken on a blank-slate approach; wiping out entire historic neighbourhoods and with it, these informal in-between spaces. The redevelopment induced gentrification, and above all, neglects the significance of the existing built environment; how its erasure can impact inhabitants’ collective memory and identity.
A city, in many ways, is a palimpsest. It is built-up of a collection of memories that are inscribed and re-inscribed not only in the physical sense, but in relation to the human psyche. This thesis project seeks to demonstrate that through the application of varying scales of culturally-informed adaptive reuse strategies, architecture can preserve the memory associated with a site, in addition to generating an empowered space for local, informal intervention.
Belgrade born and Vancouver raised Andjela Vasic’s practice focuses on the Serbian capital in an effort to examine cultural preservation and the historic built environment.
Vasic holds both a Masters of Architecture (UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) and a BA in Art History. Her passion for preservation, history and the humanist approach to architecture is motivated by her background in art history, her travels and by her studies in Tokyo.
In a narrative of Vancouver’s Wreck (Ulksen) Beach, Beach Bodies synthesizes historical events and projected futures to call attention to the vast networks and local actors that
coalesce to shape our “natural” landscapes and their potential embodiments in a new era. The project positions the beach as the site of confluence for numerous interrelated material flows -- namely those of sand, timber, and plastic -- and unearths their residual cultural and spatial impacts. Beach Bodies is a celebration of all that is transgressive, and seeks to shift our understanding of what constitutes a natural and authentic body.
Jeremy Schipper’s practice examines intersections of architecture, writing and design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, CAMPO Space (Rome) and The Cass (London). Schipper holds a Masters of Architecture from UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Vancouver), as well as a BA in English and Cultural Studies from McGill University (Montréal).
The Place You Thought You Knew
What pieces of our past remain with us, and why? The scalability and malleability of our memories means that no physical space is ever lived, remembered, seen, or felt the same way from one occupant to the next. The architectural original becomes irrelevant in a sea of interpreted experiences. We glean selected moments and fragments from the spaces we occupy, and we modify and reinterpret them to inform our understandings of what comes next. The built reality of these moments and fragments have architectural implications; we physically embody them, and we can also create them. We generate new occupiable moments in the translation between selective remembrance and desire. The process is personal, and the product is infinite. The place you thought you knew is ever changing into places of what could be.
Pera Hardy’s work investigates our mental occupation of architectural spaces, and how our individual experiences and memories can be valid as historical precedent. Pera Hardy holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Fine Art Framing & Services
100-1000 Parker Street, Vancouver BC
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
June 1 - June 28, 2019
Saturday June 1 + Sunday June 2
12pm - 5pm
Presented as part of our exhibition program partnership with Fine Art Framing & Services.