Works of India is an archive of drawings, sketches, artefacts, models, tools and pictures collected and made during two and a half years of life and work. The collection arises as necessity to document the relation between human, natural and built landscape to portray a frame for a way of life in India.
The selected material articulates in six environments which reflects upon the relation between man and nature, god and matter, a certain sacrality which is embedded during the act of creation and a sort of deep rooted understanding in the way of making and building.
The exhibition engages the old rooms inhabited by Franciscan monks inserting a new rythm of life to rejoice the nature of the waterfront promenade that leads across an imaginary axe. On one side a mandir, a hindu temple, to worship the God Vishwakarma who is the supreme maker who generated the universe and the personification of the invisible creative power, and on the other side an archetype of a house, shaped by man, symbol of his relation with nature and what has been created.
Between these two sides, matter and its processes take place through the rooms. Matter. From the sanskrit word “mât” which refers the act of measuring, of making with hands to “mâtram”. The word refers first to the process of creation and after to the created thing, considering matter subjected to the divine power. As sacred act.
The physical environment and human infrastructure in India reflect such primoridial dialogue and careful understanding of a place in its own specific conditions. The sequence of rooms expresses the theme through the aspects of landscape and its immediate human infrastructures, carpentry, a process of making, an installation, a serie of drawings in 1:1 scale and kath khuni, a traditional construction arised from the physical context of the Himalayas.
This archive is a source of inspiration and the result of a sensible and primitive approach careful to the traces that surrounded Fabio Baldo and Tiago Atalaia during their experience and travels as young architects and trainee cabinet makers.
Fabio Baldo (1987, San Felice del Benaco, Italy) Fabio Baldo is a young architect who was raised in a small village on Lake of Garda in Italy. During his bachelor at Politecnico di Milano he did an internship at UOA in New York and he worked as professor assistant in Auckland. Afterwords, he moved to TU Delft in The Netherlands to achieve a master degree in 2012. Few months later he left to India where he worked as junior architect for Studio Mumbai Architects. Here, he touch with his hands the praxis of making architecture that drove him to join Vishvkarma Furniture, a group of skilled carpenters founded by Punaram Suthar, where he worked for a year and a half as trainee cabinet maker.
Tiago Atalaia (1986, Alcaide, Portugal) Between 2006 and 2011, Tiago Atalaia studied at FAUP in Porto to become architect. In 2013 he started the stage for the admission to the Order of Architects at MA.SS atelier in Lisbon where he participated to two rehabilitation projects in the historical centre. In the same year he moved to India to work at Studio Mumbai Architects. After this experience and influenced by the craftsmanship possibilities of the country he chose to be trained for fifteen months as cabinet maker in Vishvkarma Furniture, a local carpentry founded by Punaram Suthar. Currently he is working in Manuel Aires Mateus Associados, in Lisbon.