To Learn from Stolipinovo
The German artists and architects Martin Kaltwasser* and Maik Ronz will be building a sustainable, temporary structure at the Maritsa riverbank in the area adjacent to the district of Stolipinovo in cooperation with participants from the local Roma neighborhood. The project is dedicated to the largest Roma communi-ty in the Balkans and aims at creating new connections between the neighborhood and the rest of the city, literally and symbolically. The method of the artists involves looking at the everyday public space and its transitory nature as a reflection of general social processes. Assigned to their own networks and craftsmanship the Roma have founded micro-manufactories of all trades here. They have built up a cultural life and their own economy – based on improvisation, impressive ingenuity, gifted craftsmanship and an immense sense of community. With Learning from Stolipinovo the artist team takes up this local expertise and – together with the community – implement an architectural intervention that connects Stolipinovo with the city of Plovdiv. While they are almost decoupled from the surrounding city, the residents of Stolipinovo are intensively connected to their family members, friends and colleagues living in (Western) Europe. The project will be uncovering common stereotypes in the perception of the Roma community and will be encouraging intercultural com-munication through the means of art.
* Martin Kaltwasser graduated in architecture from the University of Technology in Berlin. He works in the fields of installation, object design, performance, architectural and urban research. His projects are focused on working outdoors and in public spaces.
In his work Mr Kaltwasser takes account of the specifics of a concrete locale, in which he combines his research work and architectural installations. Many of his works are the product of teamwork and include the use of waste and recycled materials.
Learn more about Mr Kaltwasser and his work - www.koebberlingkaltwasser.de/cv.
'Learning from Stolipinovo' is a project by Martin Kaltwasser and Maik Ronz, which is beeng developed in partnership with the Goethe - Institut Bulgaria and local partners.