ArtistVilla Savoye, Poissy, France
Jun 12, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
SITIO is a site-specific art project produced for Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. SITIO furthers the thesis developed by Adolf Max Vogt in his book Le Corbusier: The Noble Savage (2003), wherein Vogt traces back the invention of pilotis to childhood memories permeated by imagination and fantasy, rather than the high rationale previously argued by Le Corbusier. This project employs the same iconic site, and uses works created by the artist Santiago Borja, which depart from the traditional artisanal techniques of certain Mayan communities in Southern Mexico. As part of an anachronic montage, 3 main pieces are presented: Destinerrance, which superimposes two palapas and is installed in the park; Tapis (rugs), which are conceived for the floors of the Villa's living spaces; and Cosmogonie Suspendue, a weaved ceiling meant to represent the Mayan cosmos, produced for the building's terrace.
Born in Mexico City in 1970, Santiago Borja earned his BS in architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and a master's degree in the theory and practice of contemporary art and new media from the Université Paris 8, France. He has completed several training programs at Central Saint Martins in London and at Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, and his work is built on the intersection between art and architecture. Among other awards, he has been granted a SNCA-FONCA Fellowship, and has received production grants from the Fundación Marcelino Botín and Fundación/Colección JUMEX. Recent projects include Sitio at the Villa Savoye in Poissy; Fort Da / Sampler at the Neutra VDL–Research House in Los Angeles; In the Shadow of the Sun at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Divan at the Freud Museum in London; Décalage at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; and Halo at the Pavilion Le Corbusier, Foundation Suisse, CIUP in Paris. Forthcoming projects include a residency at Taliesin West in Arizona and the exhibition Chromatic Circus at LAXART in Los Angeles.
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