"Petržalka"(district of Bratislava)

Part #1 of the project:
Psychogeographic exploration: BRATISLAVA # 1*

Exhibition space: Kunsthalle LAB
Curator: Belinda G. Gardner
Artists: Hinrich Gross, Jan Köchermann, Almut Linde, Youssef Tabti
Short description of the project presented 
 The French conceptual artist of Algerian descent, Youssef Tabti, was born in Paris in 1968, where he also studied art and art history. He has been living and working in Hamburg since 1994, and has participated internationally in exhibitions in Murcia, Basel, Istanbul, Marseilles, and other cities. Tabti works in a wide range of media, extending from sound and video installations to photography and spatial installations. He employs methods of mapping, documenting, and archiving as research tools, critically analyzing and reflecting socio-political issues in post-colonial environments, urban settings, and shifting societies. For his presentation at the Kunsthalle LAB in Bratislava, he conceived the collective Project Petrzalka. Realized in collaboration with local citizens, it is comprised of a soundscape, visual mappings, and photographic images documenting the participants’ “psychogeographic” routes through the city’s largest and most diverse borough, including the artist’s own observations in the area. The spontaneous, intuitive wanderings through various parts of Petržalka, driven solely by the participants’ subjective feelings, whims, and inclinations, which served as the basis for Tabti’s installation, bring together inside and outside perceptions of the given topography in a multi-voiced scenario, revealing unexpected aspects of the familiar. 

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Exhibition views at Kunsthalle Bratislava : Installation with visual Mappings, Soundscape and Photographs.

*Petržalka (deutsch Engerau ) ist ein Stadtteil von Bratislava. Die westliche Grenze des Stadtteils ist identisch mit der Staatsgrenze zu Österreich. Es ist das Gebiet mit der höchsten Bevölkerungsdichte in der Slowakei.
Infolge eines ehrgeizigen Bauvorhabens des sozialistischen Staates wurde Petržalka etwa 1973–1985 zu einer sozialistischen Planstadt ausgebaut, in der Plattenbauten aus Beton, umgeben von Grün, dominieren. Der alte Ort verschwand durch die Bauvorhaben fast komplett, dafür entstanden Plattenbauten, Krankenhäuser, Schulen und Einkaufszentren für die Stadt in der Stadt. Räumlich dominiert heute eine Stadtautobahnverbindung (D 1).