Tadashi Kawamata

Favela Plan

Date: 1989

Technique: Timber, wood, aluminium and card

Dimensions: 82,2 x 123 x 18,5 cm

Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma, Ajuntament de Palma collection long-term loan

Reg. no.: 416

Entry date: 2004

Not on display

Tadashi Kawamata creates projects that border on the installation and architecture, artistic interventions centred on urban networks. In spite of this, his work is not limited to a study of architecture – by contrast, he also involves the social aspects of the regions in which he is working. He usually produces models and installations in situ using wood, as in the case of Favela plan, which is a study of the architectural forms and typologies of the favela in São Paulo. The favela is a very widespread type of neighbourhood in the most densely-populated areas of the city centres of Brazil, and is recognisable for the precarious nature of the materials used but also for its ingenious construction.

The drawings or models for his creations are not conceived solely as preparatory sketches or models, but are individual works which shape each of his creative processes, conceptual projects, works in progress covering aspects related to the sociology, memory and psychology of the inhabitants of the place where he focusses and develops his lines of research.


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