Isaac Julien’s nine-screen installation traverses a collection of Lina Bo Bardi’s most iconic buildings, offering a meditation on the legacy of the visionary Brazilian modernist architect and designer (1914–1992). Having filmed on location in the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), the SESC Pompéia, and in the Teatro Oficina, Julien proposes an open-ended reflection on her experimental concepts and anthropological approach to Brazilian culture. These three buildings, widely regarded as landmarks of Brazilian modernism, stand as representative of Bo Bardi’s groundbreaking ideas and commitment to the social potential of architecture. The work also encounters Bo Bardi’s historic work in Bahia’s capital Salvador: the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, as well as the Coaty Restaurant and the Gregório de Matos theater.
Isaac Julien (born 1960 in London) has been making films and producing film installations for over 20 years. He is as acclaimed for his fluent, arresting films as his vibrant and inventive gallery installations. One of the objectives of his work is to break down the barriers that exist between artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. Julien lives and works in London.
In collaboration with Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
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