Des-Habitat

Paulo Tavares

With this publication, Paulo Tavares intervenes in Habitat—the arts and design magazine edited by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in the 1950s. At the time, the magazine propagated images of modern art and architecture, but also images of popular and Indigenous crafts and artifacts. In this way, it simultaneously introduced its audience to the vocabulary of modernism and vernacular and native forms of cultural expression. In Des-Habitat, Brazilian architect, curator, and activist Tavares investigates how the aesthetic language of Habitat framed such objects and images. The project mobilizes a series of design strategies central also to Habitat itself, such as re-appropriation, collage, and displacement. By focusing on the context from which materials were originally taken Tavares shows how, by virtue of its modern visual language, Habitat functioned as a framing device to conceal its own coloniality—a suspenseful media history in light of suppression, complicity, and decolonization.

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[PT]   Semelhante a outras publicações “modernistas militantes” que floresceram na época, a revista Habitat – publicação de artes e design editada pela arquiteta Lina Bo Bardi nos anos 1950 – não apenas propagava imagens de arte e arquitetura moderna, mas também imagens de artesanato popular e artefatos indígenas. Desta forma, introduzia o seu público simultaneamente ao vocabulário do modernismo e formas vernaculares e nativas de expressão cultural. Des-Habitat investiga a maneira pela qual a linguagem estética de Habitat enquadrava tais objetos e imagens. O projeto mobiliza uma série de estratégias de design baseadas em layout, reapropriação e colagem – procedimentos centrais à linguagem gráfica de Habitat – para interrogar o contexto a partir do qual essas imagens surgiram como significantes modernos nas páginas da revista. Isso envolve observar como políticas de estado de pacificação de grupos indígenas, que forçaram deslocamentos e apropriação de terras, levaram à circulação de artefatos indígenas e suas imagens para as elites urbanas. Em virtude de sua linguagem visual moderna, Habitat funcionava como um enquadramento que ocultava esse contexto colonial, bem como sua própria perspectiva cúmplice.

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[DE]   Paulo Tavares greift Habitat auf, eine der modernistischen Publikationen der 1950er Jahre, damals von der brasilianischen Architektin Lina Bo Bardi herausgegeben. Die Kunst- und Designzeitschrift verbreitete neben den üblichen Bildern moderner Kunst und Architektur auch Abbildungen von indigenem Handwerk und ergänzte das kulturelle Vokabular des Modernismus so mit autochtonen Ausdrucksformen. In Des-Habitat verwendet der brasilianische Architekt, Kurator und Aktivist Tavares die gleichen gestalterischen Strategien, die in Habitat zur Stärkung einer bestimmten brasilianischen Identität benutzt wurden: Aneignung, Collage und Bedeutungsverschiebung. Allerdings betont er damit, wie in den Heften von Habitat kolonialistische Zwangslagen elegant ausgeblendet wurden und rückt die ursprünglichen kulturellen Kontexte in den Mittelpunkt. Eine spannend geschriebene brasilianische Mediengeschichte im Licht von Unterdrückung, Komplizenschaft und Dekolonisierung.

 

Des-Habitat. A graphic-textual project by Paulo Tavares, realized by autonoma. First presented at the exhibition Bauhaus imaginista, São Paulo (2018) and launched in Europe at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in March 2019; it includes an essay by Paulo Tavares and a preface by curator Marion von Osten.

 

English / Portuguese

33 x 23.5 cm

97 pages, full color

Softcover, thread-bound

ISBN: 978-3-947858-20-0 [EN/PT – revised Second Edition, with two different covers, 2020];

978-3-947858-05-7 [EN/PT – sold-out First Edition, 2019]; 

978-3-947858-06-4 [PT/EN – sold-out First Edition, 2019]

 

Published by K. Verlag

 

Second edition published in December 2020 – delayed due to production issues – thank you for your order; the book will be shipped to you asap !

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