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Frida Escobedo’s Mexican Pavilion @ V&A, London

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‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

As the London Design Festival prepares to kick off next September, the V&A museum with support from the government of Mexico, have selected Frida Escobedo (mexican architect) to create an installation in the museum’s John Madejski Garden to mark the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom.

‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’, this the name of the installation referring to Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, was created by Escobedo starting from Tenochtitlán, the Aztec city that was built on a lake. The resulting pavilion is a flexible space made up of layers of reflective surfaces that can be moved and adapted to hold a wide variety of events and activities. 

“The pavilion is an abstraction of this first settlement in the lake: a mirrored system of platforms that resembles the city’s grid and the sheen of the water as it was first described by Cortez’s men. The platforms can be arranged in different configurations, making it a dynamic and flexible space that adapts to a number of events. The reflective surface integrates the pavilion with its surroundings, becoming a link between past and present, between context and a new common territory” said Escobedo.

The installation will remain in place throughout the London Design Festival (19-27 September), closing on 2 October. 


// Con il London Design Festival che si prepara a iniziare il prossimo Settembre, il Victoria & Albert Museum con il supporto del governo Messicano, ha scelto e commissionato a Frida Escobedo (architetto messicano) l’ideazione di un’installazione per il Giardino del museo John Madejski al fine di festeggiare l’anno del Messico nel Regno Unito.

‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’ (sai di non poterti vedere bene se non per riflesso), questo il nome dell’istallazione che richiama il Giulio Cesare di Shakespeare, è stato concepito dalla Escobedo partendo da Tenochtitlán, la città azteca costruita su un lago. Il padiglione realizzato è così uno spazio flessibile costituito da strati di superfici riflettenti che possono essere movimentati e adattati per ospitare una grande varietà di eventi e attività.

“Il padiglione rappresenta un’astrazione di questo primo insediamento all’interno del lago: un sistema di piattaforme specchianti che ricordano la griglia della città e la lucentezza dell’acqua così come sono stati descritti per la prima volta dagli uomini di Cortez. Le piattaforme possono essere disposte in differenti configurazioni, rendendo lo spazio dinamico e flessibile che si adatta ad un elevato numero di eventi. La superficie riflettente inserisce l’istallazione nella sua zona circostante, agendo da legame tra passato e presente, tra contesto e nuovo territorio comune” ha spiegato la Escobedo.

L’istallazione rimarrà al V&A anche durante tutto il London Design Festival (19-27 Settembre) e terminerà il 2 Ottobre. 

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Architect, Frida Escobedo. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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‘You know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection’. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Director of the V&A, Martin Roth with Mexican Embassy Ambassador, Diego Gomez-Pickering and Frida Escobedo. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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