Monika Sosnowska, Handrail, 2016–18. Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2018 © and courtesy the artist. Photo: Mark Blower
Many of Sosnowska’s sculptures draw on and subvert the existing architectural logic of their host building. Her PVC and metal Handrail (2016–18) wraps itself, vine-like, around one of Hayward’s existing rails. In this architectural intervention, mid-20th century Central European architecture and its British post-war equivalent become briefly and symbolically entwined. Regaining its composure at the top of the stairs, Sosnowska’s handrail soon takes off again, snaking across the gallery walls in an energetic dance that leaves function, and the viewer, far behind.