Architettura Povera Etching 01

Architettura Povera Etching 01

Andrea Branzi

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Italy, 2011

Limited and numbered edition of five etchings from I / V to V / V (Roman numeration).
The edition was created by Lithos Editions Como for Galleria Nilufar. The printing of the engravings, on Graphia paper, was edited by Alfredo Taroni.
35 x h 50 cm

"I personally met Andrea Branzi in 2009, when I presented his exhibition ‘Grandi Legni’ at the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery in Paris. A grandiose project that led to new collaborations in 2011, such as ‘ARCHITETTURA POVERA’. I quote Branzi directly to describe the project, presented at Palazzo Durini during the Salone del Mobile: «ARCHITETTURA POVERA are chicken coops, sheepfolds, agricultural fences. My interest is to imagine spaces that possess a charisma, a mystery, a secular sacredness. In the boundless spaces of globalization these places define a constellation of local experiences, devoid of function as of meaning and even (perhaps) beauty. Temporary places, which are at the lower base of the built universe. They are an elementary threshold made up of simple qualities, which precisely for this reason are difficult to obtain.» I chose Branzi’s etchings, selecting 50 examples representing agricultural enclosures and sheepfolds, because I found myself wishing, as he said, to return a little to those elementary thresholds that, too often in today’s world, we find ourselves to have lost, perhaps overcome, or within which we mistakenly feel limited. To me, they are an invitation to rediscover ‘one’s own spaces’, made of those simple qualities that are sometimes as desired as they are difficult to achieve." Nina Yashar