Architectonisation: Monika Sosnowska

Exhibition, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, until 31 May.

Monika Sosnowska mostly doesn’t do ‘small’. Instead, her tendency is towards big, disorienting para-architecture: ... mazes, spatially warped rooms, and stairways leading nowhere. Tatlin’s tower is an implicit reference; the intellectual backdrop of Sosnowska’s work is the collapse of modernist idealism that was intertwined with the fate of Eastern Europe over the last century. In her hands, once-upright forms melt and buckle, and if the ostensible influence is her experience of seeing Warsaw’s modernist architecture torn down around the turn of the century, the entropic associations spread far beyond the local. Here, seven gallery spaces contain objects and installations that range from corridor and pavilion- like works to discrete and more sculptural pieces.