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FIAC 2011 Almendra

Wilfrid Almendra confronts the utopian forms of the New Babylon project by Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys with those of suburban neighbourhoods and peri-urban zones. Nieuwenhuys’ New Babylon — which remained in project form – is the map of an ideal city in which humanity must be reformed on new foundations. Built in a vertical fashion like a hanging garden, it was designed as a place of genuine fulfilment for its inhabitants. Reconstruction of a Monument II reactivates this work by borrowing its form. To produce it, the artist used aluminium sections from verandas recuperated from Faute-sur-Mer, a French village that was devastated by a fatal storm in 2010. The work evokes the passage of time, from collective utopias to individual ones.

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