Handrail (2016–2018) by Monika Sosnowska

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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:48

Monika Sosnowska’s work explores the psychological impact of architectural space. Interested in the way that architecture can influence behaviour and, on a larger scale, help shape society and reflect political ideologies, the artist uses familiar architectural elements and materials to create disorientating installations, spaces and objects.

Monika Sosnowska, Handrail, 2016–18. Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2018 © and courtesy the artist. Photo: Mark Blower


Many of Sosnowska’s sculptures draw on and subvert the existing architectural logic of their host building. Her PVC and metal Handrail (2016–18) wraps itself, vine-like, around one of Hayward’s existing rails. In this architectural intervention, mid-20th century Central European architecture and its British post-war equivalent become briefly and symbolically entwined. Regaining its composure at the top of the stairs, Sosnowska’s handrail soon takes off again, snaking across the gallery walls in an energetic dance that leaves function, and the viewer, far behind.

my works are … about introducing chaos and uncertainty. They make reality stop being obvious.
Monika Sosnowska

Space Shifters at Hayward Gallery runs until 6 January 2019

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