Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza travelled to Peru in 1995 with his usual baggage: only a few changes of clothes, some books of poetry, and a single sketchbook. This was the toolkit he used to interpret the voyage and integrate it into his architecture. More than half a century earlier, Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi had taken his famous series of portraits of the archaeological site at Machu Picchu. While his project was more political, acting as a re-appropriation of the site by its locals, the tools of Chambi and Siza are the same: the production of images to define a reality.
Alturas de Machu Picchu combines a loan of material from Siza’s archive with Chambi’s photos in the CCA collection. The exhibition presents the work of sketching and its relevance to architectural practice, with Siza’s 1977 housing development in Évora, Portugal, as a case study.
Curator: Fabrizio Gallanti, CCA.
Graphic design: Atelier Pastille Rose, Montreal.