The work of Carla Motola, investigates the social value of architectural public spaces. Subversive Folly re-claims Canary Wharf through a temporary occupation disguised as a series of public realm follies. In some cases the narrative refers to the intrusive form of control within Canary Wharf’s boundaries; in others to contemporary struggles of insecure employment or housing. The video project draws on the local history of the London Dockers Strike of 1889, in which hundreds of thousands of Dockers protested for their work rights, marching in front of their workspaces.
The resulting dialogues and contemporary crossovers between the disciplines lead to new informal forms of collaborations and ways to understand the urban context.
Through the act of removing parts from transient sites, Martina Ferrera re-arrange these structures wondering what new meaning they will have in the present and how less vulnerable they have become as independent sculptures.
Carla Motola project documents a protest, aimed to define new special geography and give new meanings to places often controlled by global laws and globalized economic interests that are eliminating worker rights and community spaces in favor of loss of identity and cultural vibrancy.
Martina Ferrera: born in 1986 in Rome, lives and works in London. She received her BA Architecture from the University of Roma Tre in Rome, her MA Urban Planning from the École d’Architecture Marne la Vallée, in Paris and MA Photography from University of the Arts London LCC in London. Her work was nominated for Magnum & Photo London's Graduate Photographer Award and nominated for Foam Paul Huf award 2016. Her work is shortlisted for Latent international competition, Materia gallery, Rome
Carla Motola: born in 1990 in Matera, lives, studies and works in London. She received her BA Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, her MA Architecture from Central Saint Martins_UAL. Her work was selected at the [AUTONOMA] Conference in Athens. Her work is shortlisted for the Construction News Specialists Awards 2016