Brick Factory

The former Brick Factory is in a disused industrial complex at the edge of the city center. Built in 1947, the factory processed clay and other raw materials to produce bricks that would end up shaping many buildings throughout Prishtina, particularly during the Yugoslav period. After 1948, when Prishtina became the capital of Kosovo, the city’s limits expanded. New neighborhoods and buildings sprang up, and the city became an industrial center that influenced the whole region until the rupture caused by the outbreak of the war. The Brick Factory had been an important source of development for the city, until its permanent closure in 2007. It stands as a reminder of the people who worked there and as a witness to historical breaks, erasures, and transformations that have changed the texture of the city. The works of Agnes Denes and Hera Büyüktaşcıyan look into these ruptures and propose modes of resistance within cycles of destruction, recreation, and social and urban contamination. While Agnes Denes’s Sunflower Field symbolically grows and fertilizes the petrified grounds of the abandoned factory as a gesture against aggressive urbanization and contested grounds, Büyüktaşcıyan’s aquatic flow refills the brick tanks by resurfacing traces of growth, loss, and destruction embedded in the bricks. Her work uncovers the underlying tensions brought by the erasure of the rivers that were once a significant water source for the factory, but also for cultivation, production, and building a common ground for a fluid society.


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