‘Composing Space, the photographs of Hélène Binet’ an extensive monograph (Limited edition).
Text by Mark Pimlott
Designed by Joost Grootens
Published by Phaidon Press (London/New York)
The monograph is an overview of twenty years of career, bringing together black & white and color works, from architecture to landscape. Accompanying texts by Mark Pimlott highlight the ideas that inform Binet’s work, including abstraction, the importance of materiality and light, the experience of space, and the emotional power of architecture.
26/10 - 02/12/2012
‘Lights Passing’ Exhibition at ROM Gallery for art and architecture, Oslo, Norway.
LIGHTS PASSING focuses on images from Norway, the Steilneset Memorial in Vardø by Peter Zumthor and the Hamar museum by Sverre Fehn, and delves into Binet’s personal interest in space and shadow through a series of images including works by le Corbusier, the Observatory in Jaipur and the Lunuganga Estate by Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka.
"The light and shadow of the observatory in Jaipur is telling us the time, the seasons, predicting the monsoon but also positioning the human being in relation to very big dimension. The light and the shadow as a tool to understand the world. In the Couvent Sainte-Marie de la Tourette, light and shadow are the path to the liturgies and the only ornament in the cell of the father. They are collected in little box, maybe a place to catch dreams. In Sri Lanka the light doesn’t change very much over the season and the gardener will regulate his daily activity just by looking where the different shadings are appearing. In the Steilneset Memorial in Vardø, on the 26 of June, 97 lights are burning with no night. The long and stretch building is remembering the pain of women and men. Time is not given by cast shadow but by the sense of infinity convey through soft and diffuse light, present and past are merging. Time is not anymore linear. Memory and present are confused, as the ruin of the fishermen structure in the nearby." -Hélène Binet
‘Lights Passing’ Oslo Arkitektforening POP-UP lecture at The National Museum - Architecture, Oslo, Norway.
20/09 - 02/11/2012
‘Landscape and Architecture’ Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
29/08 - 25/11/2012
‘Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings’ Exhibition, 13th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy.
Exhibitors: Hélène Binet and Mohsen Mostafavi
Curator of the exhibition: Mohsen Mostafavi
The exhibition Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings focuses on a series of important churches built in London by the English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661- 1736) during the early part of the 18th Century.
Hélène Binet has been commissioned to document various aspects of Hawksmoor’s remaining London churches. Her immaculate black and white large format photographs demonstrate the beauty of Hawksmoor’s architecture with special attention to the variety of scales, sites, interiors, textures and materials.
V&A Magazine No. 27: Spring 2012
Lecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
05/03 - 08/04/2012
‘Encounters with Cities’ exhibition at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
09/09 - 28/10/2011
‘Hélène Binet selected works’ Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
The Flatness of Depths. Lecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville, 60 Bd de la Villette, 75019 Paris (F), on November 3rd. The lecture will start at 19:30 hours local time. For more information about this lecture please email the organiser.
In connection with themes covered in this lecture, Hélène Binet will also talk about her work in a broadcast conversation with François Chaslin, which will be part of the programme Les Jeudis de l’Architecture of French culture channel France Culture. This programme will be broadcast at 15:00 hours local time. More information about this programme can be found here.
15/10 - 19/11/2010
Reading Landscape: Contemporary Landscape Photography is a forthcoming exhibition at the Architectural Association (London, UK) in which Hélène’s work will feature alongside the work of Sue Barr, Bleda y Rosa, Stephen Gill, Uta Kögelsberger, Anna Leader, Edgar dos Santos, Corinne Silva and Eva Stenram.
“Reading Landscape presents a selection of contemporary photographers who work in the realm of the uninhabited. The photographers on show read rather than record landscape and their authorial presence is often felt in the images – a set of photographic lights, a flare thrown into the night sky, dust gathered in the studio. Some of the photographs articulate the unease we feel when confronted with rural landscape, denying us the comfort we find in the density of the built environment.
Other photographs show landscapes that we may take for granted, whose history belies a less sanguine past. Originating in the early seventeenth century, the word landscape was initially a painters’ term describing natural scenery; only 300 years later did it come to refer to the land itself. Reading Landscape explores this gap between the real and the revealed: the space between, where our dreams and fears reside.” (text: Architectural Association)
21/09 - 05/11/2010
‘Forming | Portrait – Architecture of Zaha Hadid’ Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery Cologne, Germany.