Hideouts: Architecture of Survival

Reflections on the Exhibition by Natalia Romik


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9783775755962 Category:


The Bodily, Social and Architectural Dimensions of Survival

About 50,000 Jews survived the Holocaust in hiding on the territory of occupied Poland. Most of them had to find, build and use various hideouts. Driven by necessity, they looked for refuge in the seemingly unlikely places such as tree hollows, closets, cellars or sewers – staying there for hours, days, but sometimes even for months. Architect, scholar and artist Natalia Romik has identified and examined several hideouts that still exist to this day. Their architectural remnants bear witness to the creativity and will of survival of their makers. In her exhibition “Hideouts: Architecture of Survival” she used aesthetically challenging, sculptural forms to convey their delicate materiality and charged history.

This interdisciplinary book offers a multiplicity of voices to compliment the unique work of Natalia Romik. It raises the fundamental question about the function of art and architecture in relation to history, violence and cultures of public commemoration.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 29 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 4 July 2024
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.5 x 29 cm
Weight 300 g


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A graduate in political science, practitioner of architecture and artist, NATALIA ROMIK (*1983, Warsaw) received a PhD at London's Bartlett School of Architecture in 2018. Romik has been awarded numerous grants, including the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah in Paris.