“Architecture of the VII Day” Poland of the 1980s as a Laboratory for Community Architecture

April 18, 2017

Architecture of the VII Day at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art reveals the history of churches built in Poland between the years 1945 and 1989 even despite the Communist state’s antipathy to religion. Using waste and illegally obtained materials, parishioners built over 3700 churches that became not only a manifestation of faith, but also a protest against the government.

 

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

 

The exhibition features photographs, diagrams, maps, and short narratives directly from church construction sites. Since the end of World War II, 3,780 churches were built in Poland, more than in any other European country. Most of them were built during the 1980s, a time when church construction was neither permitted nor prohibited, and thus played a significant role in the politics of the Cold War. (more…)