Operations on Places

Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk 8.11.2018 - 5.1.2019

Lublin's Juliusz Słowacki housing estate was designed by Zofia and Oskar Hansen, a husband-wife team of modernist architects active in the mid-1960s. The estate's plan was based on their Open Form philosophy aimed at functionality, resident participation, process, and an elimination of hierarchy. The estate's key element was the Youth Culture Center located at its heart. In the late 1990s, the city council gave this plot of land as well as the culture center to the newly-established Catholic parish, an act which became a bone of contention among residents. A part of the Youth Culture Center was demolished in 2005 and replaced by a pseudo-Gothic church, which distorted the original architectural concept of the estate. Cezary Klimaszewski's Good Advice documents the demolition of the second part of the Center, which concluded in 2010. It unfolds not only the history of the particular district, but also the universal misunderstanding of modernist architecture and urbanism of the Communist era in Poland, and the rising power of the Catholic Church in the post-1989 period.


Cezary Klimaszewski, Good Advice, 2010, Location: Juliusz Słowacki Housing Estate, Lublin, Video, 8:37 min