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Barbara Visser

2000

Maison Grégoire 118%

B/W and colour photographs

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— Photo series taken in Henry van de Veldes' Maison Grégoire, a villa built in 1933 in the suburbs of Brussels. The Modernist idea of taking the average physical size of man as a reference for decisions on scale is questioned. The artificial downscaling the human figures in the photographs – using people in idle positions as a scale reference is a regular practice in architectural photography – is making the spaces proportionally larger. 18% is the proposed alteration for this particular piece of architecture: the ideal size for contemporary living.

— Exhibited
3 photographs are permanently installed in the Maison Grégoire villa, Brussels, Belgium / Constructed Moment, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2005


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