Although the work produced by filmmakers and architects is completely different — architects construct solid and stable monuments, while filmmakers mold moving images — the two professions have a great deal in common. Both assume that their work will become part of our historical record, an indication of human social concerns and values, of our species’ technical achievement and aesthetic values at the time of their production. Filmmakers and architects contribute to our cultural legacy.
Seen from that perspective, it’s easy to understand why filmmaker and artist Jill Magid became personally committed to unveiling the the legacy of legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragan (1902-1988), whose entire work record and artifacts — diaries, blueprints, photos of everything, personal memorabilia and other belongings, and copyrights — had been purchased by a powerful and wealthy Swiss conglomerate, Vitra, and were entirely withheld from public access. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.