Built in 1981, Koteks building in Split was the first Socialist shopping center and sport hall of its kind in Eastern Europe, and an unique example of early modernist building in this areas. Like many other architectural examples along the Adriatic coast, this has also fallen a victim of
the local politics of urban planning that includes strategic neglect of modernist - socialist heritage of Yugoslavian period.
Like a dystopian archeologist, Margan collects the fallen plastic pieces of the building’s broken light cupolas lying
in the area around the building- and with these artifacts, creates a new form.
Mixed media installation,
sculpture, found materials
Together with the work Monument Reflecting the City at Gallery Skola, Split, Croatia, 2016
Parallel Art Fair Vienna, gallery Kunstbuero, 2017
Margan recreates the original shape of the light
cupolas in the gallery space – in its original size.
By montaging broken pieces of plastic together
and fixing them on a metal frame, she creates a
new form that resembles gigantic sunglasses,
potentiate by the metal frame holders stretching
into the space.
By reversing positions, the sculpture allows a new perspective of seeing (through) architecture, not
only by creating a physical experience of that what
was once up on the roof and far away, but also by creating a ‘poetic’ lens through which we can reflect onto our own history and current value system.
The tittle of the work Split Dioptre therefore reflects not only onto
the name of the city – Split, but points as well to the 'split' of value systems - between preservation of cultural heritage on one hand, and the neoliberal, spatial-political developments that favor mass tourism and privatization of public space on the other.
© Luiza Margan 2021