Ramot Polin Unit with Sukkah, 2011, building material and water-supply infrastructure, installation view "In a New Land" Gallery Nordenhake Berlin 2011

Marjetica Potrč

Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana and Berlin. Her architectural case study "Caracas: Growing Houses" (2012) has recently been presented in the exhibition "Hello World. Revising a Collection"at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Collection Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie and (2018). Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States, including the Yinchuan Biennial in China (2018), the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil (1996 and 2006), the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003, and 2009) and Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997). Among her important exhibitions are shows at the PAMM Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015), the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan (2012), at Flors ars+natura in Bogota, Colombia (2017), the Barbican Art Gallery in London (2007), the PBICA in Lake Worth, Florida (2003), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004), Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel (2004) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2001). In addition to her shows, her many on-site installations include Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club, London (2015), The Commons Project, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, (2013), Théàtre Évolutif, Place André Meunier, Bordeaux (2011), Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden for “Emscher Kunst” (2010), The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour (Stedelijk Goes West, Amsterdam, 2009), and Dry Toilet (Caracas, 2003). She is currently a professor at the University of Fine Arts (HfBK) in Hamburg and has taught at several other universities in Europe and North America as well, including MIT (2005) and IUAV University in Venice (2008, 2010). Potrč is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1993, 1999); the Hugo Boss Prize 2000, administered by the Guggenheim Museum; a Caracas Case Project Fellowship from the Federal Cultural Foundation, Germany, and the Caracas Urban Think Tank, Venezuela (2002); and the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics Fellowship at The New School in New York (2007).  

Marjetica Potrč on her case study "Caracas: Growing Houses" in the exhibition "Hello World. Revising a Collection"at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Collection Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, April 28 - August 26, 2018.

Marjetica Potrc and Ooze (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg), Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club, building materials, soil, water, plants, natural filtration, site specific installation, King's Cross, London 2015

'Of Soil and Water: The King's Cross Pond Club', located on the construction site for the King's Cross Central development project in London, is a micro-ecological environment with a natural swimming pond at its centre. The temporary available land is transformed into a place where visitors can take a swim next to the aquatic plants that clean the water. The swimming pond is free of chemicals. The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process using wetland and submerged water plants. The daily number of bathers is restricted by the amount of water the plants are able to clean. The pond is surrounded by wildflowers and grasses that change with the season. The project is based on idea of living in balance with nature and underscores the importance of soil and water, two natural resources we vitally depend on but often take for granted. This is a living laboratory that reveals nature's ability to restore itself while giving visitors a first-hand experience of humanity's relationships and responsibilities toward nature.

Drop City: Geodesic Dome, 2012, building materials, communications & energy infrastructure, h = 260, Ø 310 cm | h = 102 1/3, Ø 122 in, installation view Galerie Nordenhake Berlin 2012

Installation view, Rural Studio: The Lucy House Tornado Shelter, 2007, Galerie Nordenhake Berlin 2007 (right), Reference Images (left)

All Architecture Comes from Weaving I, 2007, ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm

Power Tools for Rural Explorers, 2016, utilitarian objects on shelf, installation view "Indigenous Knowledge" Gallery Nordenhake Stockholm 2016

The Basket Weaver Weaves Difference, 2016, ink on paper 56 x 76 cm, framed 63 x 83 cm, fiber basket 19 x 25 cm

Installation view "Marjetica Potrč - Acuerdo social", Flora ars + natura, Bogota, 2017

Marjetica Potrč and Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg), Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden, 2010, building materials, energy and water-supply infrastructure, vegetable garden, installation view Emscherkunst, Essen 2010

Power Tools for Urban Explorers, 2005, experimental prototypes and utilitarian objects on shelf, printed drawing

Installation view, Venice Biennale, 2009

The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour, 2009.
In collaboration with Wilde Westen and supported by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The project is a community garden and community kitchen in the Nieuw West district of Amsterdam. A previously unused site at Lodewijk van Deysselstraat 61 becomes a community kitchen. The vegetable garden is located behind the kitchen in a former fenced-off 'look-only garden' (kijkgroen). The garden and the kitchen create bonds within the neighbourhood and become a catalyst for transforming not only the public space but also the community itself. The project is an example of 'redirective practice', with people from various disciplines and backgrounds working together to find new ways to build a shared community. The project is a case study for redesigning the modernist neighbourhood from below and redefining rural and urban coexistence.

Comunity garden, part of the project The Cook, The Farmer, His Wife And Their Neighbour, installation view on site in Nieuw West, Amsterdam 2009

Ooze, sketch for The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour, Amsterdam 2009

A Hippo Roller for Our Rural Times, 2005, utilitarian object with inkjet print, object: 120 x 70 x 50.2 cm, print: 155 x 85.1 cm framed

Florestania, 2006-2010, Ink on paper, Series of 12 drawings each 27,9 x 21,6 cm, framed 35 x 29 cm

Florestania, 2006-2010, Detail

Dry Toilet Project variations

Hope after Modernity: The Story of the Residents of Amsterdam's New West, 2009, Detail

Hope after Modernity: The Story of the Residents of Amsterdam's New West, 2009, Detail

Hope after Modernity: The Story of the Residents of Amsterdam's New West, 2009, Detail

Hope after Modernity: The Story of the Residents of Amsterdam's New West, 2009, Detail

Hope after Modernity: The Story of the Residents of Amsterdam's New West, 2009, Detail

Installation view, Rural Studio: The Lucy House Tornado Shelter, 2007, building materials and communications infrastructure, 340 x 410 x 445 cm, Galerie Nordenhake Berlin 2007

Installation view "Burning Man: Tensegrity Structure and Waterman", 2008, Building materials and energy infrastructure, Dimensions variable, Gallery Nordenhake, Stockholm 2008; Reference images (left)

The tensegrity structure is based on a design first developed by Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson in which its stability is result of the principal of the balance of push and pull. Here the shelter is upgraded with self-sustainable technologies such as a solar canopy and a wind turbine, which power the water pump that serves the Waterman, a cooling bath respite in the desert heat.

Permanently Unfinished House, building materials and communications infrastructure, installation view "Revisiting Home" ngbk Berlin 2006

Tirana House, 2009, building materials and communications infrastructure, Variable dimensions, installation view "New Citizenships" Lingen Kunsthalle 2009

Tirana Designs, Installation view, 2009

Core Unit, 1996, building materials, installation view Skulpturprojekte Münster, 1996; Reference image (left)