Symbolic, ornamental, and eclectic

Christopher Bisset recently produced a short film featuring the work of Portuguese-born Mozambican architect Amancio "Pancho" Guedes. "Set mainly in Maputo," Bisset explains, "A Procura de Pancho (Looking for Pancho) is an experimental mix of animation, illustration and live action that follows the journey of a solitary student who has come to the city to explore the vibrant work of architect and artist Pancho Guedes."

The film features some absolutely stunning buildings—buildings that, if I'm being honest, do well without the addition of animated drawings which begin to appear on their outer walls as the movie develops. But Bisset has put together a fantastic visual introduction to an architect far too people have even heard of.

An essay reproduced on Shrapnel Contemporary describes Guedes's work as "effervescent," adding that, "In its most exuberant and expressive character, Pancho’s architecture thus merrily escapes the moral task to which architectural modernism had consciously and diligently dedicated itself: the exclusion of the symbolic, the rejection of ornament, and the repression of the eclectic." Symbolic, ornamental, and eclectic, the buildings seen in Bisset's 10-minute film seem well worth exploring in person.

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Anonymous smilingflash said...

this was so so beautiful

January 03, 2011 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Manuel Graça Dias said...

Congratulations for such a very nice, accurate, careful and appropriated work, around the work of Pancho!
Manuel Graça Dias, Lisbon

January 03, 2011 2:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A great Film, for a great Architect! Congratulations!
Paulo Chalaça, Lisbon

January 03, 2011 3:02 PM  
Blogger lobotics said...

the film was made on a trip to maputo by Masters students at the University of Cape Town, where i'm a second-year student (they have a blog at ). seeing a UCT project on this blog is incredible.

January 08, 2011 9:46 AM  
Blogger Robert Bowen said...

Pancho + African light = magic

Watching this gave me goosebumps...

January 13, 2011 5:45 PM  
Anonymous GT said...

seeing a UCT blog about a University of the Witwatersrand academic is also incredible

January 29, 2011 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed watching the movie - wish there were more buildings to look at!

February 07, 2011 5:48 AM  

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