Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Post Disaster Architecture
A screening of the film Tsunami Architecture by Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind followed with a conversation between the artists and architect Moulshri Joshi.

Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in Association 
with Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council 
Post Disaster Architecture 

Saturday 28 March, 5:30 pm
at Vadehra Art Gallery, D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

Screening of film Tsunami Architecture by Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind 
The screening will be followed with a conversation between the artists and architect Moulshri Joshi, whose firm Space Matters is working on the redevelopment of the former Union Carbide factory in Bhopal into a memorial. 

The discussion will be moderated by architect Madhav Raman.

About the FilmTsunami Architecture (60 min, 2012) looks at the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the worst natural catastrophes in history. Artists Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind visited the affected sites six years later, when international attention had long faded. Yet post-tsunami challenges continued to have an impact on affected communities. On a three month trip from December 2010 to February 2011 the two visited the five countries most affected - Thailand, Aceh/Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India and investigated the current state of architecture built or reconstructed in the aftermath of the tsunami. Using video and photography, they documented the long-term effects of the disaster through conversations with survivors, eyewitnesses, aid workers and rescue personnel. They also established a collection of footage of the disaster and the reconstruction efforts. They were interested in how the flood of aid money has transformed the affected regions, rebuilt and refashioned local economies and shaped communities. How does collective and individual memory work, years after such a highly publicized media mega-event? How has architecture built after the Tsunami been able to respond to the individual needs of affected communities? How were these communities able to participate in the recovery process? How have these structures been adapted over time by their inhabitants, and how did architectural interventions alter societal and communal structures? Their research trip and the filming was finished just weeks before the Fukushima disaster.

About Christoph Draeger
Christoph Draeger is a conceptual artist who has been working on themes of disaster and destruction for over 20 years. His projects take form in installation, video, and photo-based media to explore issues pertaining to catastrophe and media-saturated culture. Solo exhibitions include 2014 Lokal 30 Warsaw; Centre d'Art Contemporain Yverdon (w/Heidrun Holzfeind), 2013 Kunsthaus Rapperswil; 2012 Kunsthalle Arbon; OK Centrum Linz (w/Heidrun Holzfeind); 2008 CCA Centre of Contemporary Art, Ujazdowskie Castle, Warsaw (PL) Roebling Hall, New York 2003 Kunstmuseum Solothurn 2000 Kunsthaus Zurich (w/Reynold Reynolds); Orchard Gallery, Derry. Group exhibitions include the Tamayo Museum and Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, MoMA, P.S.1 (all in New York), Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Paco das Artes in Sao Paulo, Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, KW Kunstwerke Berlin,; Biennals: 55th Venice Biennial 2013, Moscou 2007, Liverpool 2002, Havanna 2000, Kwangju 1997.

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