Occupied Space

Sebastian Abugattas

2010 - 2012

I have always been interested in Lima as a city, in how nothing is what it seems, particularly in how everything remains behind a façade. And this is what I explored in my series Occupied Space; photographs of modern buildings constructed between 1945 and the late 1960’s, that relate to the city in distinctive ways. Some of these relations generate a strong tension but some others interact in a more delicate way. This type of architecture is directly related to the beliefs of architects such as Gropius, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They created a revolution in the conception and understanding of space and in how the “modern men” should inhabit it. My project revisits those buildings in a very methodical way and points them out, like the marks one can do in a map, and in doing so, revisits the “modern” ideas that where imported to Peru, as well as their relation with the city today.

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