Luisa Lambri

Studio Guenzani

Portraits of facades, interiors, staircases, as if they were personalities—this is Luisa Lambri’s project. The protagonists of her brief tales, “written” with photography, are works of modem and contemporary architecture from around the world, but the names of the buildings’ designers have disappeared and the places themselves have become unrecognizable, even if we happen to know what they are. It's a bit like what happens in certain novels, which can make even the place we live seem somehow transformed, unfamiliar.

What is striking, in Lambri’s pictures, is the feeling of intimacy modestly maintained by these inhabited spaces (in general camouflaged to the point of invisibility) and the peculiar way they work their Proustian magic, eliciting recollections even from those who have never seen the buildings themselves. Lambri digs into these refuges and restores them to us as still unfinished

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