FreeingSpace: Video from the public discussion

Museum of contemporary art Skopje

Saturday, 18. May, 2020 at 12.00 PM

The project and the exhibition Freeing Space critically confronts many of the issues imposed with the abrupt and ideologically and politically forceful transformation of the identity of the City of Skopje. In an utterly intensive construction offensive entitled “Skopje 2014”, which occupied the city center with endless arrays of flamboyant styrofoam facades and pompous bronze monuments, architecture and urban planning were misused for a frivolous disposition of the public space, and for capturing, suppressing or negating any prior architectural achievements. The proposal by the curators Slobodan Velevski and Marija Mano Velevska, as well as the four teams of architects assembled for the project Freeing Space, which was organised and presented within the Macedonian pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018, takes off from the loss of public space, its critical review and the restitution of the values of free space in an architectural and social sense.

As the final outcome from the project, which was on show in Venice from 26. 05. – 25. 11. 2018, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje from 12. 03. – 30. 05. 2019, there was a public discussion in an attempt to come to common professional and public terms with the controversies provoked by this massive and ideologically imposing building project.

Participants: Marija Mano Velevska, Slobodan Velevski, Vlatko Korobar, Meri Batakoja, Nebojsha Vilikj, Nikola Gelevski, Filip Jovanovski, Dejan Ivanovski, and Zoran Petrovski.