"FRACCIONAR": A NEW COSMOS INSIDE LUIS BARRAGÁN HOUSE

On February 2nd  at Estancia FEMSA- Casa Luis Barragán, the curator Inti Guerrero inaugurates FRACCIONAR (FRACTIONATE), a multidisciplinar and collective exhibition. In order to build a universe that generates a reinterpretation of the modernist house -sanctuary of global architecture- built in 1948 in Mexico City, the exhibition brings together artworks of living artists and others that have transcended; design furniture and historical documentation.

By Matías Helbig
Rosa Rolanda, Sin título [Autofoto con esfera en la Casa Luis Barragán, Ciudad de México], ca. 1950-1955. Archivo Miguel y Rosa Covarrubias. Fundación de Arquitectura Tapatía Luis Barragán - Casa Luis Barragán.

Based on the Barragán’s perspective on his house as a private space the exhibition curated by Inti Guerrero –EVA 2018 Ireland Biennial – is all about space intervention. "Architecture as a structure that protects the psyche of the individual", defines, perfectly, the team of Casa Luis Barragán.

From specific episodes of colonization in different latitudes to queer subjectivities in conservative societies, through the class tensions present in the social dynamics and in the informal architecture of certain cities in Latin America, FRACCIONAR is constituted as a huge polyphony that addresses issues as old as contemporaries of society. As a result, the legacy of the Mexican architect awakens in this new political, philosophical and poetic tensions related to human weakness and its constant negotiation with the harmony of these timeless and artificial spaces.

Among the artists that are part of this exhibition are Gideon Appah (Ghana), José Bedia (Cuba / USA), Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker (Panama), Miguel Covarrubias (Mexico), Diamela Eltit (Chile), Julio Galán (Mexico) ), Liliana Maresca (Argentina), Diego Matthai (Mexico), John Pule (Niue / New Zealand), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Chucho Reyes (Mexico), Rosa Rolanda (Mexico) and Ming Wong (Singapore / Germany). In a historical space for western culture of the 20th century, FRACCIONAR breaks into Casa Barragán imaginary until May 5th to establish a new order of things and meanings.

 

ABOUT CASA LUIS BARRAGÁN

Built in 1948, Casa Luis Barragán is one of the most transcendental contemporary architectural spaces on an international level, as recognized by UNESCO in 2004 when it was named a World Heritage Site. Luis Barragán influence in global architecture increases progressively, and his house, which has been faithfully preserved as he lived there until his death in 1988, is a fundamental site within Mexico City for architects and art connoisseurs.

At present, the house developed, in conjunction with the FEMSA Collection, a cultural platform with the name of Estancia FEMSA. Under the artistic direction of Eugenia Braniff and Patrick Charpenel the initiative carries out exhibitions, interventions and performances, academic and educational activities, as well as publications to dialogue with the historical context offered by the House and the legacy of Luis Barragán.