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SOUTHERN GEOMETRIES, FROM MEXICO TO PATAGONIA.

SOUTHERN GEOMETRIES, FROM
MEXICO TO PATAGONIA


PARIS
FOUNDATION CARTIER
OCT 14 2018 - FEB 24 2019

Southern Geometries intertwined visual relationships among diverse cultures and regions across time, inviting visitors to discover the vibrant patterns and designs of Latin American art. The exhibition opened with a spectacular ballroom designed by the Bolivian-born architect of Aymara origin, Freddy Mamani, whose work is inspired by the geometric motifs characteristic of Tiwanaku culture, as well as by the spirit of Andean village festivals. In his hometown of El Alto, his eye-catching multicolored buildings, which he refers to as “neo-Andean,” stand apart from the ordinary brick architecture of the region and bring contrast to the dull, muted tones of the Altiplano landscape.

"The exhibition also looked at the mysterious formal vocabulary of indigenous geometry. These were represented on ceramics, basketry, textiles and the human body, and are combined in many different ways using styles specific to each culture"


In the next for salon, Paraguayan architects Solano Benítez and Gloria Cabral, winners of the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016, used panels of shattered bricks and concrete to create a monumental work based on the principle of repetition. A rhythmic construction that played with the light coming into the gallery space, this installation, assembled in a delicate equilibrium using a modular system of triangles, ran the length of the façade of the Fondation Cartier building. Presented in the same gallery as Solano Benítez’ architectural tour de force was a group of 22 installations by the Venezuelan artist Gego. This is the first time these works were brought together in Paris.

Other areas of the exhibition presented more than 220 works from a rich variety of cultures and time periods, connecting the old with the new, modernist art with native Indian culture. The exhibition also looked at the mysterious formal vocabulary of indigenous geometry. These were represented on ceramics, basketry, textiles and the human body, and are combined in many different ways using styles specific to each culture.