Bunker! Architecture of survival
7 Jun 2017 – 8 Oct 2017
- Dorotheergasse 11
Although bunkers are protective structures that are supposed to spare people from direct danger, these rooms emit an aura of disturbance.
Narrow, cold, thick masonry, concrete, steel and the notion of life are the ingredients that trigger unpleasant and irritating sensations. In Israel, bunkers and shelters are realities throughout the country, and threats and exceptional situations are part of everyday life. This is why attempts are being made to make these safeguards appear as self-evident. Also, because the living space in Israel is scarce and expensive, the places are used for other purposes: as community centers, bars, dance studios, mosques or synagogues. Adam Reynolds captured this "other" everyday life with his camera. His photos of bunkers show how much the people in Israel are trying to find the rooms, which in extreme cases ensure survival, to be as "normal" as possible. A brittle normality.
Coordination: Danielle Spera, Werner Hanak-Lettner