Breath of an Architect by Bijoy Jain / Studio Mumbai with Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye and Hu Liu

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Bijoy Jain / Studio Mumbai, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Hu Liu.
Hervé Chandès.- Fondation Cartier’s artistic managing director.
Juliette Lecorne.- curator at the Fondation Cartier.
December 9, 2023, to April 21, 2024.
1261, Boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris, France.

Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai

Studio Mumbai, works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work directly. This group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings.

Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources. The Studio has designed the 2016 edition of Melbourne’s MPavilion, an annual commission touted as Australia’s answer to London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, and is having projects in India, Japan, Switzerland and South of France.

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked with Richard Meier in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 before returning to India in 1995 to found his practice. a He has taught in Copenhagen, Yale and Mendrisio.

Exhibitions include those held at the Venice Biennale (2010, 2012 and 2016), Between the Sun and the Moon: a major monographic touring exhibition at Arc en Rêve, Centre d’Architecture Bordeaux, FR (2015), DAM Frankfurt, DE (2016) and DAC Copenhagen, DK (2016); Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Canada (2014), Sharjah Biennial (2013), 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces, Victoria & Albert Museum (2010).

Awards include the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009), finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, Finland (2012), winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012), most recently winner of the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture, Paris, France (2014), and the University of Hasselt, Belgium bestowed an honorary doctorate on Bijoy Jain in 2014. 

Hu Liu

Hu Liu is a painter born in 1982 in Xinyang, Henan Province, China.

Hu Liu's monochromatic black drawings are created with graphite, repeating iterations of the same movement, line by line, to reveal the essence of natural elements: grass caressed by the wind, the sway of waves or the silhouette of branches from a tree.

Although the entire surface of each drawing is covered and may appear monochromatic, her works are not black: they are, according to the artist, xuan. The word can mean "dark" or "mysterious" and evokes the philosophy of Laozi and Zhuangzi, who encourage carefree wandering, "inaction" (無為, wúwéi), natural spontaneity based on stillness and the absence of thought. «The spatial and temporal changes caused by the growth of a life form are wonderful and magical, like the creation of a work of art; They are all driven by the forces generated by the primitive power of life. A drawing inscribed directly on the ground evokes the Wagh Bakri, the game of the tiger and the goat, and invites visitors to become participants just by their presence.

The Cartier Foundation presented Hu Liu's works at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, on the occasion of the exhibition Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, A Beautiful Elsewhere (2018) and Trees (2021), as well as at the Milan Triennale on the occasion of the Mondo Reale exhibition (2022).

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye is a ceramist born in 1938 in Istanbul, Turkey, but who has lived since 1987 in Paris, France.

Over the years, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye has perfected an intense dialogue with matter, through the ritual mastery of gesture. Rigor, repetition and patience are marks of quality of this artist, who from the beginning found inspiration in the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Anatolia. In this dialogue with clay, the artist highlights the importance of water as a basis for the construction of land, as well as in architecture.

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye's ceramics are curvilinear bowls, with thin walls and wide rims that invite the viewer to contemplate the silence of the space inside. Embodying a certain latency, each bowl demonstrates a paradoxical stance, between grounded balance and ethereal ascension.

Its sensual elegance causes a feeling of weightlessness.

The Cartier Foundation presented the works of Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye on the occasion of the Mondo Reale exhibition at the 2022 Milan Triennale.



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