BELL Pavilion, París

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

This is a room for a continuous video projection, for the documentation of a monumental but fragile installation designed by Christian Boltanski in the Atacama Desert in the years 2014 and 2015.

With two concentric cylinders and two tunnel-like extensions, this sculptural piece is meant to erode its own figure in order to re-enact an inner landscape. It is a dimly lit, opaque and seamless chamber, rough enough so as to evoke the original distant place where the installation by Boltanski was recorded. The radius of the smallest cylinder is, in fact, defined both by a fine-tuned equipment and by the precise distance of an observer immersed in the projected image. The other cylinder, as a consequence of the reversible path to go from one exterior to another exterior, might be read as a leftover of the inner corner in which the recorded landscape is projected.

It is somehow difficult to understand how a small building can contain a massive landscape in its modest entrails. Here, what seems to be a defensive gesture towards the surrounding garden is no other than a haven for the devious and fleeting overlap between reality and fiction. 

Ubicación Location

MAC-VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, Paris, Francia

Cliente Client

Christian Boltanski

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Diego Pérez, Teresa Freire, Shota Nemoto

Consultores Consultants

Solo Galerie, Christian Bourdais, Eva Albarran (producción production)

Contratista Builder

Jacky Cremona, So.Ré.Bat S.A.

Superficie sitio Plot area

2.600 m²

Superficie construida Built area

50 m²

Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen