MistoDiya association in charge of the construction of architectural modules is located in Soshenko 33 in Kyiv.
On the outskirts of the city, the place used to be the home of the School of Fine Arts during the communist era.
By its geographical situation, far from the central authority, Soshenko 33 has always been a place for freedom.
The emergence of an oligarchy after the communist era constituted a threat to the future of this place.
Who was to own the place ?
The local residents together with the people in the neighbourhood join hands to fight physically against property developers.
One of the effects of mass surveillance in the post-Soviet society may have been a yearning for a greater respect of individual liberties and privacy.
As a matter of fact, human interchange is quite limited. It was a hard job to get in touch with the population.
Fortunately, we could count on the hispanic photographer who made contact with the population with all the spontaneity of Latin-Ameican people, talking over a drink before taking pictures of them.
Thanks to his voluntary approach, the photographer could go beyond the social and cultural codes and establish trusting relationships with the people.
From this experience was born a paper portfolio – full version here attached.
The Ukranian association Mistodiya organised a summer university with architects and designers.
It consisted in the designing and building of modules that would create links between the resident artists at Soshenko 33 and the people in the neighbourhood.
The architectural modules aimed at welcoming the inhabitants and facilitating the meetings with the artists in the objective to sustain the resistance to different real estate projects, as well as keeping this place for artistic creation and cultural events.
The objective was to meet the local residents to collect various recipes, then go to their places to cook with them. It was an opportunity to adapt the collected recipes to other cooking cultures, with traditional ukranian ingredients: beet gaspacho, cabbage and millet tacos, etc.
This place offers the Ukranians a close relationship with the nature.
These cooking design workshops aimed at keeping this link, through installations representing the nature, and through the use of typical local products such as vegetables and mushrooms found on the spot.
For most people encountered during those days of meetings, it was their first time at Soshenko 33.
After the cooking design workshops, the inhabitants were given the paper version of the portfolio, during a final potluck.