UCL Urban Laboratory


Home of the Resistance + Uppland at Open City Documentary Festival

09 September 2018, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Home of the Resistance

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Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

In Kumrovec in 1974, communist authorities built the Memorial Home for WWII Resistance Fighters and Youth of Yugoslavia, a building that has lain dormant since its closure in 1991. Ivan Ramljak's atmospheric spatial study Home of the Resistance (Ivan Ramljak, 2018, Croatia) stares through the modernist architectural elegance to reveal, within its ruined walls, the spectres of the past.

Edward Lawrenson's Uppland (2018, UK + Ireland), made with architect Killian Doherty, looks at the remote highlands of Liberia, where a once thriving mining town now stands abandoned, decaying and desolate: a concrete ruin in the West African bush. It is a film about architecture; the remnants of colonialism; and the spiritual cost of industrial mining.

Presented in partnership with Urban Lab Films, including a Q&A with directors Ivan Ramljak and Edward Lawrenson, chaired by Henrietta Williams (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), as part of the Open City Documentary Festival.

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