Serbian artist Nikola Olic (b. 1974) reimagines environments as disorientating and dimensionless. Inviting the viewer to examine these decontextualised structures, the images reflect upon the enduring relevance of architecture in terms of personal and collective histories. Each composition is both an abstraction of urbanity and a reinterpretation of the spaces which play host to contemporary lifestyles. Olic mystifies recognisable surroundings, translating them into playgrounds that seem at once geometric yet also organic through the repetitive motion of shapes and colours. The featured photographs present a diversity of locations from Texas to Japan, and include portions of buildings – alienated details from a range of design eras. Brutalist concrete flows concurrently with glass from corporate office blocks, acting as an argument for both anonymity and a synergy between past and present.
Magnum: Enduring Forms
In Our Time at the Magnum Print Room, London, is a testament to the work, resonance and continued relevance of the agency over the past 70 years.
The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion has been designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré. Hailing from Burkina Faso, Kéré is the 17th architect to accept the commission.