COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, has recently inaugurated the fourth instalment of this year’s temporary exhibition theme: Paréntesis (parenthesis). Under the question title Who lives there?, the installation located in the main hall of COAM displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in Madrid.
In the words of Paula García Masedo and Gonzalo Pardo -curators of Paréntesis- the exhibition aims to document the actions and ideas through which house owners build domestic space. Different lifestyles and daily routines comprise a variety of spatial aggregations of objects which, even when taken out of context, are revealing of the conflicts of coexistence, household rules and timetables, family politics… The objects are accompanied by short-length videos with the interiors of the houses and interviews of their owners.
Who lives there? tries to unveil the secret life inside six different apartments in Madrid by putting them together in a single space, revealing common grounds and differences. The installation will be open to the visitors until the 31st of July. The entrance is free.
Paréntesis places itself in COAM’s headquarters as a physical stripe of interruption and temporality. This new, differentiated space fulfills the necessity of gallery display, hosting the four exhibitions of the series in its interior.
The current Spanish crisis is not only an economic crisis, but also a political, institutional, social and cultural crisis, that has made visible a splitting between society and architecture. Paréntesis is a series of exhibitions about Madrid’s architectonic practices, currently on display, which proposes a transversal look into Madrid’s architecture, from an approach willing to be collective, quotidian and understandable.
Our first work, What do you do?, Second Prize, and Who lives there?, are the four questions from which Paréntesis draws upon. The exhibitions display multiple works of various offices and protagonists. The collected input is aggregated via open calls as well as other critical tools that enable a collective narrative journal.
Quién vive ahí? Who lives there?
16 June / 31 July
Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM)