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An Echo Without A Medium

Benjamin Tiven

January 13 - February 25, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13

The work in Benjamin Tiven’s exhibition An Echo Without a Medium takes place within the complex legacies of the émigré German architect Ernst May and his practice in colonial Kenya from 1933-1953. The project examines the ideological flexibility of May’s formal vocabulary, and parses the relationship between his architectural logic and political dislocation. Through photographs, video, sculpture and text, three of May’s designs come under consideration: a failed prototype for pre-fabricated housing, an apartment complex in downtown Nairobi, and a now-demolished resort hotel in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. The exhibition also includes an artist’s book, containing all the source documents, images, and essay text associated with the project.