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Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail

This photo exhibition is refreshingly different – one, in that it is in stark black and white, and two, it seeks to capture the beauty of the detail in concrete architecture. The subjects are focussed concrete architectural features of iconic building in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

‘Tender Concrete’ – an exhibition of 16 photographs by Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, who prefers to describe himself as a career diplomat and amateur photographer – opened to visitors at the Govt. Museum & Art Gallery in Sector 10 on Tuesday to commemorate World Heritage Day.

Gracing the formal opening was the photographer himself and Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh.

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

Photos By: Life In Chandigarh

The exhibition will remained open to visitors for nearly two and a half months (till June 30) between 10 am to 4:30 pm (except on Mondays and gazette holidays).

A major part of the exhibits are understandably devoted to photographs of focused concrete architecture features of ironic buildings in Le Corbusier-designed Chandigarh, like the Govt. Museum & Art Gallery itself, the Tower of Shadows, Gandhi Bhawan and Civil Secretariat building.

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

Among the other exhibits are photographs focused on concrete features of iconic buildings like Natl. Institute of Immunology, New Delhi; Lilavati Lalbhai Library, Ahmedabad; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Mill Owners’ Association Building, Ahmedabad, and Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad.

Later speaking to your own news website LifeInChandigarh.com, Emmaneul Lenain shared: “Concrete, when handled by the greatest architects, has always seemed tender to me. The architectural detail, taken out of context, tends to acquire a poetic dimension,” he added.

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

Exploring A Poetic Dimension In Architectural Detail, Lifeinchd

He clarified that though his personal interest lies only in black and white photography (his camera has only b&w mode), the subjects of his photographic pursuits go beyond just concrete architecture. “If you look up by Instagram handle (https://www.instagram.com/emmanuel_lenain) you will find photographic collections on a wide variety of subjects,” he informed.

The collections range from beautiful landscapes, religious activities and symbols, travails of people during the Covid pandemic, life of people on the streets, statues, Mughal architecture, and more.

What: Photo exhibition ‘Tender Concrete’ by Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India

When: Ongoing till June 30 (all days except Mondays and gazette holidays)

Where: Govt. Museum & Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Timing: 10 a.m. to 4:30 pm

 

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