A Chicago Architecture Biennial Partner Program
Thursday, September 26 at 06:30 p.m.
54 W. Chicago Avenue
“Thus, the boundary, its structural weakness, becomes
our advantage. And in the end its seclusion has been conquered.
The place was closed, but the word derived from it remains open.
This is one part, a limited part, of the lesson of the world.”
Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation.
Inspired by French philosophers Helen Cixous and Edouard Glissant, senior students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, led by Odile Compagnon, propose to create ephemeral environments that trigger a welcoming signal and emphasize the presence of the Alliance Française as a multicultural haven.
Echo is the exhibition of their 17 stunning projects, an imagination of spaces at once closed but open to returning echoes, words and memories.
Flâneur, by Simiran Singh, the jury-selected project to be realized on-site this fall, proposes an experience of space inserted into the Alliance Francaise of Chicago where doors camouflaged into the walls open to a whole new world. This whimsical take on the hidden passages within the walls of French hôtels particuliers create an element of delight, wonder. The wall-papered landscape is inspired by le Douanier Rousseau and represents a modern allegory of a utopian planetary garden, enclosed and surprising – a real trompe-l’oeil.
A Chicago Architecture Biennial Partner Program made possible thanks to the Jean Bodfish Brown Memorial Fund with the support of the School of the Art institute of Chicago.
Exhibition and installation can be viewed through November 23 during our business hours. Please entre via 810 N. Dearborn.
Illustration © Odile Compagnon
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