Aglaia Konrad

Eglise Sainte-Bernadette-du-Banlay, Nevers, 2009

Through this photographic commission, Aglaia Konrad continued her investigation involving concrete and sculptural architectures. After the Sculpture House in 2007 (an organic house built in 1967 by Jacques Gillet, made of projected concrete), and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Vienna in 2008 (the Expressionist masterpiece of the Austrian artist Fritz Wotruba, 1969-76), Aglaia Konrad became involved with the manifesto project of Claude Parent and Paul Virilio: the church of Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay, built in Nevers in 1966, combining the theory of oblique function and the form of the bunker. Konrad increased the number of viewpoints and, once again, demonstrated her great mastery of the image, by managing to capture the brutalist power of an architecture unified by the fracture of two heavy masses of concrete erected as cantilevers. 

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