The main theme of this year's Malta Generator – the urban section of Malta Festival Poznań – is "doubting locality". One of the main ways of working with this issue are the "The architecture of relations" residencies implemented by artistic duos on Poznan estates, which were constructed in 1930s as a part of a social residential estates program. Inhabited until this day, they are the epitome of architectural projects the creators of which believed that engineering designs have the power to change social relations, elevating them above merely designing residential buildings. This seemingly utopian thinking has for a time been a dream put to action and offered the opportunity to have relatively decent living conditions to those who were for various reasons excluded. The residencies are held by duos of artists from various parts of Poland: Michał Mioduszewski and Arek Pasożyt, Kamila Wolszczak and Marcin Zalewski, Karolina Włodek and Adam Martyniak.
Marcin Zalewski and Kamila Wolszczak became fascinated with the space of the Social Welfare Estate constructed in 1933. For over a dozen of years it has been a scene of an ongoing feud with the city regarding the purchase of land with preferential prices for long term inhabitants. The artists and the locals bring back one of the empty houses to life, where they created a Micro-museum of Social Remembrance "The Sarmatian Home". The museum has been open during the Night of Museums on 19 May. The artistic project will finish on 17 June with a picnic during the Lotaryńska Street Celebration Day.
The "Sarmatian Home" design is a response to the lack of communal spaces, where inhabitants could work together. It is also an attempt to look at the past, the present and the future of the Social Welfare Estate, which increasingly more often becomes an object of interest for developers, who strive to introduce their own brand of "exoticism" to the location. Confrontation with personal objects belonging to the inhabitants presented on the exhibition aims to return the estate its rightful place in the communal memory of Poznanians.
Creating a grass-roots institution presenting the stories and the objects belonging to the inhabitants of the estate is only one element of the residency. The artists also planned workshops for children from the local primary school no.48, there will be classes devoted to urban planning and the architecture of the estate. The effects of the teaching about the heritage of the Welfare Care Estate and the innovative thought of the Inter-war architects will be additionally presented at a school in Southern America with which the artists have made contact.
Curators: Joanna Pańczak, Agnieszka Różyńska, coordinator: Mateusz Nowacki