A room of one’s own: Feminist questions about architecture
A room and money of her own – these are two prerequisites for a woman’s self-fulfilment, so wrote Virginia Woolf almost 90 years ago. Despite this, Estonian architectural culture still seems to be completely unaware of the fact that space can also be a feminist issue. Yet feminism provides a methodology and approach that allows us to raise a wide range of questions and to see the history of Estonian architecture in the 20th century as well as contemporary practices and ways of using space in a completely different light. That is also the main purpose of the exhibition – to provide a critical and polemical tool, a means to spark discussion, rather than a place for presenting ready-made research results or pronouncing final judgements. To open up avenues for further research and discuss positions from which to reflect on architecture. The exhibition throws up nine questions about the specificities of architectural education and the development of the canon of Estonian architecture, the stereotypes and prejudices related to the work of women architects, the role expectations embodied in public urban space and housing, as well as spatial equality and the needs of marginal users. In interviews, practising architects from different generations share their experiences and views on these topics.
Exhibition is open until May 19, 2019.
Curator: Ingrid Ruudi
Special guests: Flo Kasearu, Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa
Spatial design: Katrin Koov
Graphic design: Laura Pappa
Assistants: Jarmo Kauge, Tiiu Parbus (1930s)
Video: Reio Avaste
Architectural designs and photographs: Museum of Estonian Architecture, National Archives of Estonia, Estonian Healthcare Museum, archives of the Tallinn Urban Planning Department, archives of Tallinn School No 21, TalTech museum; Arne Maasik, Paco Ulman, Terje Ugandi, Martin Siplane, Maris Tomba, Karli Luik, Tõnu Tunnel, Mari Hunt, Nele Sverns, Jeff Vernaus, Reio Avaste, J. Okas & M. Lõoke Architects, Kaos Architects, Salto AB, B210, Kavakava, Eek & Mutso Architects
Supporters: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Association of Architects, Lincona, Vivarec, Naisteleht
TitleA room of one’s own: Feminist questions about architecture
FromJanuary 25, 2019 05:00 PM
UntilMay 19, 2019 05:00 PM
VenueMuseum of Estonian Architecture