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Olivia de Oliveira

Gustavo Gili
255 pages
Full colour.

This issue features the work of Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi whose work is imbued with memory, freedom, sensitivity, play, and imagination. Lina Bo Bardi's oeuvre offers a powerful critique of a society corrupted by consumerism, and works within the framework of Situationist thinking where all interpersonal relations are abolished and collective endeavour is prioritized. This collectivity is instrumental to the decline of bourgeois society, functioning as both critique and total subversion of the bourgeois ideal of pleasure. Lina Bo Bardi reconstructs and rehabilitates buildings recouping the memory of their structure, but also the memory of the place, of Brazil's recent past, the recollection of exile, war, readings, travels, of a personal memory that involuntarily embraces collective memory. Through her work and writings Lina Bo Bardi fights cultural colonialism, especially when associated with the overwhelming forces of commercial interests. Projects include the Casa de Vidrio, Sao Paulo (House of Glass), the Chame-Chame House, Salvador (Bahia), Solar do Unhao, MAMB (Bahia Modern Art Museum) and Folk Art Museum, Salvador (Bahia), the MASP (Sao Paulo Art Museum), the Crystal Garden House and La Torracia guests' residence, Sao Paulo, Gregorio de Mattos Theater, Salvador (Bahia), SESC Pompeia Factory, Sao Paulo, and the New City Hall, Sao Paulo, amongst many more.


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