The Cinema Hall – the Forgotten Common Space
Author: Vasilena Gankovska
What the place of cinema halls in the contemporary city is and how they, from places of culture and entertainment, have become peripheral and deserted territories is a subject that is of concern to urbanists, architects, sociologists and artists in many countries. The large-scale changes in the beginning of the 1990s as well as the emergence of the Internet and the digital formats have led to the closing of a number of cinema halls and their transformation into shopping centres, cafes or gambling halls. In most cases, they stay closed and the damages to the structure and the interior become ever so visible. In the exhibition, the artist shows a series of paintings, part of the "Moscow cinema project" (2018/19), artistic documentation of 39 Moscow cinemas, in the so-called "sleeping districts", most of which are facing demolition.
This project is a starting point and sets the framework for a discussion related to the transition and the transformation of the urban environment, as well as the erasure of the architectural objects from the recent past. An accompanying publication will be presented within the exhibition.