Urban Pornitecture

Anila Rubiku, Urban Pornitecture, 2008, cm. 150 x 450, indian ink, embroidery on tracing and tissue paper, silk thread, installation view, XI Biennale di Venezia, © Copyright 2020

14.09.08 – 23.09.08

The Bearable Lightness of being. The metaphor of the space,
Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. 11th International Architecture, Biennale Venice, Italy.
Curated by Lorand Hegyi.

The installation Urban Pornitecture, depicts 16 maps of major capitals around the world (among them Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, London, Moscow and others) which combine explicitly sexual, pornographic images with road maps and iconic architectural symbols. Here the conceptual strategy builds on concealing and revealing, uncovering even only for a moment that which the body does not show and the space hides: desire, sensuality, fears, the invisible relationships that tie us to each other with strange and exceedingly strong geometries. The eternal dialectic – between inside and outside- touches on the existential, philosophical, and even the architectural spheres: the body and the home. The drawings in the “Urban Pornitecture” seem to be maps for lovers who have lost their way; here, the intimate vision and recognition of a place that is only apparently neutral is entrusted to sexual exchange. Love is consumed behind each window; in the dark of a room we allow ourselves freedoms that are unimaginable to others.