Photograph by Agnieszka Studzińska

In the Absence of Visible Walls

In an exploration of urban politics and city spaces, ‘In the Absence of Visible Walls’ is a project that discusses urban regeneration through the lens of ‘the wall’. The wall is visceral and fundamental element of architecture, a 3D representation of the line. It demarcates, it is a boundary, it is architecture making a mark, a point of transition, a division. The wall creates space, it creates community, it is a device of control and power. We therefore position the wall as an architectural device that can be used to explore how we engage in notions of memory, loss, homes, demolition and boundaries. The project aims to bring together the historical narratives of erasure, destruction and gentrification of ‘Robin Hood Gardens’, a housing estate in East London and the space of ‘Manufaktura’ and the boundaries of Litzmannstadt Ghetto in the city of Lodz in Poland (a ghetto that was created by the Germans during the Second World War in the Old Town and Baluty districts of Lodz) through the notion of ‘the wall’. The project fuses a dialogue between cultural geography and creative writing, text, film and image in an attempt to highlight the stories of sites, areas/spaces that have undergone and/or are currently undergoing change. In as much as this project explores the effects of gentrification (Robin Hood Gardens and Manufaktura), it also opens up new narratives and perspectives on how spaces and buildings are haunted by the past and the interplay between presence and absence, memory and forgetting. Furthermore, ‘In the Absence of Visible Walls’ looks at the boundaries of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto and explores the visibility and invisibility of history. We ask how urban spaces speak and remember the trauma of a historical past? How the absence of past homes is still present? how buildings and architecture can haunt another? We will record our personal experiences of these spaces with the hope to create an engaging response, highlighting the hauntological sensibilities of building, demolition, memory and the (in)visible boundaries that still exist in our geographical landscape.

Video Poem, Foundations in collaboration with Andy Bullock


The Wapping Project is the creation of the Womens Playhouse Trust (WPT), which was set up in 1981. It is a platform for risk taking and the continuous development of ideas. The Poem passage1 was commissioned by The Wapping Project, seeking a creative response to the theme, passage to coincide with the day of the dead – the day of remembrance and honour of the deceased. It will be in print publication in the summer of 2017.

Click below to read passage1 publication:

More info:

European Poetry Night – Ana Seferovic & Agnieszka Studzinka on YouTube

Project in Progress: The Poetics of Home ’ in collaboration with award winning poet George Szirtes. Compiling an anthology of contemporary poetry, which focuses on the notion of Home.

Project in Progress: with photographer, artist, filmmaker Andy Bullock,  An ongoing collaboration exploring the possibilities of word and image.