Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Luisa Lambri

Untitled (Barragan House, #10), 2005

Laserchrome print

Framed: 34 1/4 x 38 1/2 x 2 in. (87 x 97.8 x 5.1 cm)

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Restricted gift of Verge: The Emerging Artists Advisory Group of the MCA and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund.

Lambri spends time alone in the buildings she photographs to capture the mood of her particular experience of the spaces, often shooting hundreds of frames of film only to print a few in the end. The photographs capture the ethereal quality of light and shadows while simultaneously approaching abstraction. This body of work was taken at Casa Luis Barragan built in 1947 in Mexico City, where modernist architect Luis Barragan (Mexican, 1902–88) lived and worked most of his life. A relatively solitary figure, he was intensely religious and viewed sunlight as a source of divine inspiration, designing windows, such as those that suggest the shape of the cross. Looking at Lambri’s work often requires deft attention to the subtle differences between each frame.