Uninhabited structure: scene of the Dreambeach music festival south of Villaricos, Andalusia, Spain.
Black & white film photography, 35mm film, taken with a Voigtländer Bessa R4M.
Photographic project on uninhabited structures.
Gaétan Morales graduated from Paris Malaquais National School of Architecture in 2009. He studied at Montpellier School of Architecture and at Aarhus’s in Denmark. In 2019, he founded Mallet Morales office with Nicolas Mallet Architect.
Gaétan is particularly interested in unfinished constructions, mostly due to the economic crisis of 2008. He decided to make it a subject in its own right and travelled through the East of Andalusia, where he comes from, looking for these premature ruins. “Inhabité”, his analog photographic project, presents architectural examples of this topic and reveals its poetry.
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Built between 1681 and 1708, the Dôme des Invalides completes the entire Hôtel des Invalides wanted by Louis XIV to treat and honor his soldiers. Jules Hardouin-Mansart played with the codes of his time while sublimating them. According to the classical rigor, two drums are placed on a pedestal and oriented along the diagonals of the building. It destabilizes the rigor of the whole. From a classical square pedestal, we yield to the curves and counter-curves of the drums and the dome, covered with trophies, fire pots and a lantern peaking at 107 meters high.
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Martjin van Berkum
Martijn van Berkum is a visual artist, working primarily with drawing. In his work he is interested in the ways in which images and words are able to express, question, or confuse the mean-ing of things. Much of his work is specifically focused on architecture. For Van Berkum, archi-tecture isn’t merely a matter of visual make-up of a functional structure, it also tells us who we are.
His work has been presented in several exhibitions like The Nordic Biennale Momentum in Moss (Norway), at Röda Sten in Göteborg and Botkyrka Konsthall in Stockholm (Sweden).
These drawing are part of the series Non-Functional Structures. It is a project in which Martijn van Berkum draws architecture and 3D constructions in the same way as Carl Linnaeus classified plants and animals. He studies and collect different kinds of structures, identifies their charac-teristics and translate them into drawings. These drawings are then ordered in classes, fami-lies and species. All drawings fall under the general kingdom of Non-functional Structures and this particular drawing is part of the class Ambiguous Structures.