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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.92 Santiago abr. 2016 


Photographic Portfolio

Palindrome Spaces


Erieta Attali*(1)

* Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, USA.

Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez, Chalet 7, Portillo, Chile, 2008
© Erieta Attali 

The publishing world tends to present architecture as an autonomous product i.e. finite object that can be explained and dissected in recognizable parts. Architecture does not exist in a vacuum however; building and landscape narrate a common story and form an inseparable whole. Attali’s photography aims at capturing this composite space by focusing on the processes acting upon it. Fluctuating atmospheric conditions act upon matter indiscriminately, entangling building and landscape into a cycle of decay and renewal.

Baracco + Wright Architects, Garden House, VIC, AU, 2014
© Erieta Attali 

RCR Architects, Bath Pavilion, Olot, Spain, 2013
© Erieta Attali

Kengo Kuma & Associates, Glass Wood House, New Canaan, USA, 2013-2015
© Erieta Attali

Attali employs two seemingly antithetical but complementing approaches to capture the continuity of architecture and landscape: one directed inwards and one directed outwards. During the first process, the landscape is interpreted through the building, which acts like a lens, reflecting, refracting, revealing, uniting and separating. At the same time –during the second process– the manmade structure is interpreted as part of the environment and is given meaning via its context. In both cases, through the composite multi-layered picture, the viewer perceives a continuous experience as opposed to a static visual statement.

Kerstin Thompson, Hanging Rock House, VIC, AU, 2014
© Erieta Attali

Smiljan Radic, Casa en Punta Pite, Papudo, Chile, 2005
© Erieta Attali, 2008

Attali captures and amplifies this continuity. Her photography is not a means for documentation but rather a formal system, a language that interprets and engages architecture as a natural feature embedded in time and place.

Steven Holl Architects, Knut Hamsun Museum, Arctic Region, Norway, 2011
© Erieta Attali

Text by Aris Kafantaris

1. Erieta Attali | Attali began her photographic career in 1993 as a landscape and archeology photographer. Since 2003 she has been an Adjunct Professor of Architectural Photography at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. She has been visiting professor in universities such The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Architectural Association in London, RMIT in Melbourne, University of Tokyo amongst others. Her work has been supported by Fulbright, Japan Foundation, Graham Foundation, Dreyer’s Foundation, Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen, Danish Arts Council, Chilean Ministry of Culture culminating to numerous exhibitions and publications. Attali studied photography at Goldsmiths University of London and had a PhD from RMIT University, Australia.

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