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Architecture of Care

Background photo: Kjerstin Göransson Ljungman and Ingeborg Wærn Bugge, Home for single mothers, Kungsholmen, Stockholm, 1932-1935. Photo: Arkitektur- och designcentrum.

Lecture by artist Katarina Burin and a panel discussion with architect Katarina Bonnevier and art historian Martina Pachmanová to discuss the work and contribution of the overlooked figures of women pioneers within modern art, architecture and design.

In her lecture, Katarina Burin will present her work which explores themes of absence and presence through archival documentation and pays homage to the achievements and legacy of overlooked female Modernist architects and designers, such as Petra Andrejova-Molnár, Fran Hosken or Hana Kučerová-Záveská.

The departure point for the panel discussion is the collaboration and friendship between the Swedish architect Ingeborg Wærn Bugge (1899 – 1991) and the Czech architect Hana Kučerová-Záveská (1904 – 1944), both of whom were one of the first women architects in Sweden and Czechoslovakia respectively.
Wærn Bugge and Kučerová-Záveská focused in their work on the modernisation of the household and kitchen in particular in order to emancipate women from the reproductive labour at home, and both published extensively to spread their ideas among the broad public. Moreover, the contacts between these two architects since the mid-1930s propose an alternative network of women architects across interwar Europe, parallel to the male-dominated architectural institutions of international exchange, such as CIAM.

16.00 Open lecture by artist Katarina Burin, Harvard University
17.00 Coffee and tea break
17.15 Panel discussion with artist Katarina Burin (Cambridge, Mass.), architect Katarina Bonnevier (Stockholm) and art historian Martina Pachmanová (Prague), moderated by Rado Ištok (Stockholm)

Katarina Burin is an artist and a lecturer on visual and environmental studies at Harvard University. Her work takes variable forms and is profoundly informed by the history of architecture, with a particular emphasis on Modernism, female architects, and historical documentation. Burin executes drawings, models, collages, and installations. She recently published Contribution and Collaboration: The Work of Petra Andrejova-Molnár and Her Contemporaries (Koenig Books, 2016). As a Radcliffe Institute fellow Burin is conducting research on the life and work of Fran Hosken (1920–2006), a furniture designer, educator, and activist who was among the first women to graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The project is an artist’s engagement with her works and legacy, culminating in a creative, comprehensive exhibition and a catalog, the first publication on Hosken.

Katarina Bonnevier is an architect, artist and researcher. In her practice of building design, art installations, performances, workshops, lecturing and writing, she explores and transforms the built environment from feminist, queer and intersectional perspectives. She is a founding member of the collaborative practice MYCKET (www.mycket.org). Currently she is a playwright for Riksteatern in The Wake-up Call, a play about the life and texts of the feminist writer and pacifist Elin Wägner. Bonnevier was a visiting professor at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Craft and Design (2009-14), a lecturer and researcher at School of Architecture (KTH), Stockholm (2001-2011), and visiting professor at Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (2010). Her dissertation Behind Straight Curtains: Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture was published by Axl Books (Stockholm, 2007).

Martina Pachmanová is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History and Theory at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. As a researcher, writer and curator she specialises in gender, sexual politics and feminism in modern, post-war and contemporary art and visual culture, including design. Besides several books and monographs of contemporary Czech women artists, she also published three monographs of forgotten Czech female modernists related to their retrospective exhibitions: Milada Marešová (2008), Marie Galimberti-Provázková (2011), and Vlasta Vostřebalová Fischerová (2013). Currently, she is working on a research project Civilised Woman: Ideal and Paradox of Visual Culture of the First Czechoslovak Republic that is focused on parallel processes of modernisation and women’s emancipation that accompanied the development of Czech modern culture between the wars.
Spaces of Care, Disobedience and Desire. Tactics of Minority Space-Making (2018-2010), is a collaborative research project initiated by Rado Ištok, Marie-Louise Richards and Natália Rebelo supported by the artistic research and development funding of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.


The lecture by Katarina Burin was made possible with the support from the Education and Content Group of the Royal Institute of Art and the panel discussion with the support from the artistic research and development funding of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in collaboration with Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists and the Embassy of the Czech Republic. The organisers would like to thank to Vladimír Kučera, Hana Spijkers, Frida Melin, Richard Biegel, Ladislav Zikmund Lender and Irena Lehkoživová.