24 November

Exercises in Losing Control – Urban Renewal and Loss of Home in Taiwan

  • 12:00 - 13:00
  • NIC0826

You are cordially invited to a talk by our current artist-in-residence, Karolina Bregula. We will provide a lunch buffet, so please confirm your attendance to defne.kadioglu@mau.se until November 22.

Karolina will talk about her collaborative artist research project Exercises in Losing Control (2018-2021) on evictions and demolitions in Taiwan. She will talk about the mechanisms of urban renewal (dushi-gengxin) and the tactics of resistance against them, the social processes that take place in the demolition areas, and the experience of individuals who have suffered the loss of home. The talk will include presentation of chosen artworks made between 2018 and 2021 and Karolina’s thoughts about the role of art in protecting the inhabitants of houses earmarked for demolition.

Karolina Bregula s a visual artist and filmmaker. She creates stories about art, architecture and urban spaces, which are a field of her anthropological and sociological observations. She is interested in storytelling – the roles of retelling memories, the favourable and detrimental effect of fiction, the remedial and destructive force of imagination. She considers collaborative fiction writing a political activity which supports the process of diagnosing, expressing and discussing social problems. Many of her works are co-created with their protagonists and participants. Her works have been exhibited at institutions such as the Jewish Museum in New York, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei and at international events such as Venice Art Biennale and Singapore Biennale. She is the winner of the prizes such as the Views Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, Samsung Art Master award, Golden Claw at the Gdynia Film Festival or EMAF award. She is an associate professor at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, she collaborates with lokal_30 Gallery. Since summer 2023, together with Weronika Fibich, she has been running Lokatorne – Space for Antidisciplinary Activities. Karolina works between Poland and Taiwan.

Karolina is a visiting artist at the Institute for Urban Research in November. She has been working on a series of collaboratively created stories about the sea change. More information at www.karolinabregula.com