For two weeks in August 2018 and February 2019, Anna Barbieri was awarded the Center's Research Grant. Anna will be working on her project "Santa Barbara Forever," an essay film investigating the connection between Lviv’s Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California and the 1990s soap opera with the same name.
Anna studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and at the Vienna University of Technology. Currently, she studies in the Master in Critical Studies programme at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has been working in different architectural studios in and around Vienna as well as contributing to exhibitions and publications. In 2017, she participated in the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe’s summer school Sykhiv: Spaces, Memories and Practices.
Architectures and the generation of identities are recurring themes of Anna’s research practice, probably best represented in her strong interest in urban contexts and housing in Post-Soviet states and societies. In her current work she especially focuses on the relation of architecture, built substance and urban agglomeration to media and gender aspects; and further on processes and sites of construction, deconstruction and destruction.
The project "Santa Barbara Forever" aims to explore and portray Sykhiv’s Zubra-Centre. The centre was nicknamed Santa Barbara because of its architectural resemblance to Spanish Colonial buildings in California presented to a wider audience via the popular 1990s soap opera Santa Barbara. The history of the Zubra Centre and its renaming will serve as a starting point to study questions of collective memory, memory of the 1990s, identity and the interweaving of architecture and media.
Anna’s research involves aspects of traditional architectural methods like drawing and model making, video, photography and text based work. In Lviv, she will be focusing on the Urban Media Archive as well as on field research in Sykhiv.