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.
As part of CO Berlin’s summer programme, Danny Lyon’s photography comes to the fore through an acute sensibility to the human condition.
Venice Biennale, 15th International Architecture Exhibition
Reporting From The Front is the title of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and the theme was suggested by a story about an encounter in South America between the writer Bruce Chatwin and archaeologist Maria Reiche.