Lina Bo Bardi

I went to see the multi-screen homage to the multifarious creative life of Lina Bo Bardi, A Marvellous Entanglement by Isaac Julien at Victoria Miro. It was filmed mostly in various locations in Salvador – the Casa do Benin, which she designed jointly with the French photographer, Pierre Verger, the staircase at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) Bahia, where he filmed a sequence of dance by a local choreographer, and Coaty, a social housing project, now ruined. The style is meditative and allusive. ‘We can leave the historic Bo Bardi to the historians. Of course there is a great documentary to be made about her, that’s just not what we’re doing. The thing we want to communicate is the architecture, the movement, the dynamism of it. And to use her ideas’.

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