Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date : Thursday, 10. March 2011 to Thursday, 7. April 2011 Mo-Fr 8-22, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location : Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
Opening: Wednesday, 9 March, 6 p.m.
In autumn of 2010 the Institute gta inaugurated a series of exhibitions on varieties of architectural photography, which plays a significant role in the presentation of architecture, whether as part of an exhibition or in a publication. This semester, photographers Lucia Degonda and Andrea Helbling were invited to show a selection of their work, and the resulting exhibition is a marriage of contrasts, in which Lucia Degonda’s “Houses” set in mountain landscapes confront Andrea Helbling’s urban “House-Scapes”.
Resident in Zurich but in tune with the mountains of the Swiss canton of Grischun, photographer Lucia Degonda shows pictures of buildings in the mountains, of houses facing off with their rocky surroundings, of architecture integrated into a raw environment. The series on display addresses the conditions of construction at high altitudes, as well as the various attitudes one might adopt to this particular terrain. While Degonda’s documentary approach accepts the mountain landscape as the inexorable precondition of all such building, it also presents it as a cultural landscape that is itself importantly shaped by that same architecture.
Andrea Helbling was trained in photography at the Zurich University of the Arts and has since worked as an independent architecture photographer in Zurich. She began compiling her “Houses” series in 1993 by wandering the streets of her hometown on foot, camera in hand, observing the changes and noting buildings threatened by extinction. She had eyes not for landmarks but rather for the unspectacular architecture that truly sets its seal on a big city’s everyday life. Over the years Helbling’s view has widened, from her portraits of individual
houses, to take in whole “House-Scapes”,in which the urban ensemble is revealed as a cityscape surprisingly rich in character.
An exhibition by the Institute gta with Lucia Degonda and Andrea Helbling in collaboration with Swiss Foundation of Photography, Winterthur and Keystone, Zurich