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JAN 2022

In the tenth micro-exhibition from "Building Narratives" series, we present a photograph series “Hidden Architecture” by architect and photographer Norbert Tukaj. We invite you to explore Norbert’s works both at the cultural centre SODAS 2123 (until the 19th of January) and in the virtual, expanded exhibition with the live comments by the author, links to his works and the complete photograph series. 


The photograph series “Hidden Architecture” is inviting to observe closer and re-evaluate the uniqueness of the resort architecture in Neringa. Majority of the buildings in Neringa were designed by Lithuanian architects and built in the second half of the 20th century. Today architecture of that period is not always considered as highly valuable, Neringa is no exception. In his photograph series, Norbert explores the Soviet modernist architecture in Neringa as a subject within the contexts of nature and culture, as a piece of art, and as an entity constructed from fragments and details.


About “Building Narratives”


In the micro-exhibition series, we present works developed within Architektūros fondas programme "Building Narratives" in 2019–2020. Creatives of the  “Building Narratives” programme explored the relations between architecture and narrative, when buildings aren’t shaped by mortar and concrete anymore – crucial and sometimes the most important ingredient is narrative. Whether it is purely a PR product or an organic construct it creates perceptions and shapes the way we see and understand our environment. Hearing, reading or assembling a narrative from smaller pieces helps us to determine if something is good, useful and even beautiful. At the same time, changing narrative has the power to change perceptions of our environment. Bad can become good, ugly-beautiful, all without any changes in physical structure.


As a new narrative has the power to transform architecture on its own, it becomes extremely important to understand how different ways of talking about architecture can shape its future. Therefore Architektūros fondas was seeking to discover personal narratives and encourage the creatives to get involved in this affair. Programme merged the ongoing projects of Architektūros fondas and their methods, while looking for common ground among podcasts and publications platform Aikštėje and Future Architecture platform creatives.


"Building Narratives" is also a part of the Future Architecture platform and European Architecture programme 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Architektūros fondas' strategic partner is Lithuanian Council for Culture. Partner – Kaunas 2022 programmes "Modernism for Future" and "All as One".