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Sanatorium of Memory: memorial for Jewish Community in Otwock
Agnieszka Kolacinska

Set of essays supplementing a master thesis project called "Sanatorium of memory: memorial for the Jewish community in Otwock" defended in June 2020 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The project explores the link between architecture and memory. It is a set of architectural interventions, surrounding the ruins of the previous sanatorium for mentally ill Jews. The project aims to rehabilitate the absent memory of the exterminated community, among the present inhabitants of the city, with the use of means of architecture. The described approach is inspired by the vernacular architecture of the city as well as the broad architectural tradition of Polish heritage, focusing on the exploration of varied ways of preservation, of both architectural tissue as well as the memory of the past: collective and personal.

In the following chapters the paper analyses, the relationship between memory and image of the city, the myth of the past sanatorium and its physical marks in contemporary Otwock. It also defines the role that art in public space and architecture can have in shaping a more conscious local society. It also describes the history of the city of Otwock as a health resort and from there tries to introduce new strategies for the rehabilitation of its image and heritage, both architectural and natural. The theoretical text has been supported by an interview with a Polish sculptor based in the city, Mirosław Bałka with whom I discuss the image of the city and its influence on his works.

Bio Agnieszka Kolacinska. Architect, graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and Warsaw University of Technology. Has been working in architecture with a focus on exhibition design, experience design, and small architectural forms as a part of various design groups, which work was represented during Milan Design Week and at the Future Architecture Platform. In 2020 her research focused on post-traumatic memory and commemoration of Holocaust has been selected as a part of Exercising Modernity Academy organized by Pilecki Institute. Her main interests in architecture are preservation, collaborative aspects of building processes and architecture’s agency to create tight local communities.

format B6, 133 pages, japanese binding in soft cover (or other type of binding)

Authors Agnieszka Kolacinska
Location Copenhagen