“Fragile Architecture” is an exhibition by urban graphic design project SERIA_. The project is inspired by brutalist mass housing in Ukraine prior to and during the war. SERIA_ was founded by Dasha Podoltseva (designer) and Elena Orap (architect) in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2018. The current exhibition, curated by Tetiana Kartasheva and Marina Donina showcases a selection of limited edition screen prints, t-shirts, porcelain and concrete objects.
«This exhibition is about how something eternal has become very fragile. That there is much more in common between our cities than it seems at first glance. About the war, but not quite.»
SERIA_ focuses their practice on the typical housing blocks – ‘panelkas’ – in which most of Ukrainians grew up. Those housing blocks are touched by cultural and historical shifts, which designers of SERIA_ are experiencing and exploring. These particular mass housing buildings were designed in Kyiv. They were mostly built in the 80s and dubbed ‘panelki’ for their prefabricated concrete slabs - panels. They are now omnipresent in Ukrainian cities.
SERIA_ project was originally conceived with an aim to raise awareness of the country’s architectural heritage and to change the attitude towards ‘panelki’. Starting February 24th, 2022, with the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, hundreds of such buildings have been destroyed and thousands damaged. Many of them won’t be restored. SERIA_ explores the future of the Ukrainian urban landscape and contributes to the discussion of the rebuilding plans for its residential housing.

Special Urban Documentraies Program: 
30.06.2022 - 19:00
ENTER THROUGH THE BALCONY
Director: Roman Blazhan / 2020 / 26 min
Enter Through The Balcony is a Documentary Short about Ukrainian make-shift balconies.
03.07.2022 - 19:00
TSVETAYEVA AND MAYAKOVSK Y (STREETS)
Director: Polina Moshenskaya / 2016 / 12+ / 27 min
The neighborhood’s biggest pulsing arteries, Tsvetayeva and Mayakovsky Streets.
The combination of archival footage and today’s shootings brings up the almost 100 years of history.
03.07.2022 - 19:30
THE FILM OF K YIV. EPISODE ONE
Director: Oleksiy Radynskyi / 2017 / 8 min
This is an observational documentary focused on one of the biggest unfinished
bridge projects in the world – Podilsky Bridge in the centre of Kyiv.
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