Works of India

Works of India is an archive of drawings, sketches, artefacts, models, tools and pictures collected and made during two and a half years of life and work. The collection arises as necessity to document the relation between human, natural and built landscape to portray a frame for a way of life in India.

The selected material articulates in six environments which reflects upon the relation between man and nature, god and matter, a certain sacrality which is embedded during the act of creation and a sort of deep rooted understanding in the way of making and building.

The exhibition engages the old rooms inhabited by Franciscan monks inserting a new rythm of life to rejoice the nature of the waterfront promenade that leads across an imaginary axe. On one side a mandir, a hindu temple, to worship the God Vishwakarma who is the supreme maker who generated the universe and the personification of the invisible creative power, and on the other side an archetype of a house, shaped by man, symbol of his relation with nature and what has been created.

Between these two sides, matter and its processes take place through the rooms. Matter. From the sanskrit word “mât” which refers the act of measuring, of making with hands to “mâtram”. The word refers first to the process of creation and after to the created thing, considering matter subjected to the divine power. As sacred act.

The physical environment and human infrastructure in India reflect such primoridial dialogue and careful understanding of a place in its own specific conditions. The sequence of rooms expresses the theme through the aspects of landscape and its immediate human infrastructures, carpentry, a process of making, an installation, a serie of drawings in 1:1 scale and kath khuni, a traditional construction arised from the physical context of the Himalayas.

This archive is a source of inspiration and the result of a sensible and primitive approach careful to the traces that surrounded Fabio Baldo and Tiago Atalaia during their experience and travels as young architects and trainee cabinet makers.

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Cite: "Works of India" 29 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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