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Didier Fiuza Faustino

W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
January 25, 2017 at 7:00pm

Didier Faustino is an architect and artist working on the relationship between body and space.

He started his own practice at the crossroad of art and architecture just after graduating in architecture in 1995. He has developed a multi-faceted approach to architecture, ranging from installation to experimentation, from visual art to the creation of multi-sensory spaces, mobile architecture and buildings. His projects are characterized by their critical perspectives, their freedom of codes and their ability to offer new experiences to the individual and collective body.

Faustino’s work has been honored by several prizes and shown in collective and solo exhibitions. He is frequently invited for lectures at major universities and institutions as well as international events.

Didier Faustino is currently dedicating his time between architecture (Spain, Mexico city, Portugal), art (with exhibitions in Paris, London and Rome) and teaching (AA School, Diploma Unit 2). He is the editor in chief of the French architecture and design magazine CREE.

Portrait Didier Faustino Photo Credit Valerie Le Guern

For the past 20 years, Didier Fiuza Faustino has been constantly questioning our perception of space. Through architecture projects, art installations, scenography and other media, he investigates the ambiguous relationship between the public domain and the intimacy of our contemporary society.

In some of his iconic works, such as Body in Transit (Venice Biennale, 2000), a minimal space critiquing the transport of illegal immigrants, or One Square Meter House (Paris, 2007), a building prototype questioning the notions of land value and ownership, Faustino’s subversive stance invites us to question the political role of creation as well as our own position as a subject and a citizen.

With other main projects like Stairway to Heaven (Castello Branco, 2001) – a public space for individual use – or (G)host in the (S)hell (Storefront NYC, 2008), he leads us to reconsider the boundaries between private and public, between personal and communal.

The lecture will present a wide range of projects and will show how, each time, architecture and our relation to space are being interrogated, re-articulated and reinvented.