Anna Jermolaewa

Hostile Architecture, series of photographs, 2019 work in progress

Hostile Architecture
Hostile Architecture
Hostile Architecture
Hostile Architecture
Hostile Architecture

Hostile architecture: public structures constructed or altered to keep people from using them in ways the owner does not intend. It is most often used to deter the homeless from loitering or sleeping on the structure, with anti-homeless spikes and studs installed on otherwise flat surfaces.
Anna Jermolaewa's Hostile Architecture (2019) shows the physical effects of sitting on such "defensive urban design" elements she found littered throughout London. The marks these spikes or pegs left on her body, combined with the elements' aggressive aesthetic, highlight that they not only target the city's most vulnerable, they make the urban environment hostile to the general public.