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Francis Kéré presents Sarbalé Ke at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019

The 12 colorful towers created by Francis Kéré reference the baobab trees that claim a remarkable and dominant presence in his birthplace, Gando, Burkina Faso. “In my culture, the baobab is the most important tree,” he says. “It’s giant, and it has multiple uses as food and medicine. It’s the place where you get together, celebrate, and discuss. It also attracts animals. It is spiritual. Naturally, you will walk toward it.” The structures in Sarbalé Ke, “the House of Celebration” in Kéré’s native tongue, command the same power, some soaring taller than 60 feet and — with their joyful colors and deep shadows that provide valuable shaded spaces — exude the same welcoming appeal. The light is another important component. “In my culture where there is no light, no electricity, if we see a light we watch it for a while,” he says. “If it stays [illuminated] we walk toward it, and there will be a celebration.”

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"Francis Kéré. Primary Elements" at Museo ICO, Madrid

Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré. Primary Elements’ at Museo ICO in Madrid (03 October 2018 - 03 February 2019) opens October 3rd, at 7pm. The exhibition will offer an overview of Kéré Architecture's work and practice through a selection of 27 projects and 6 installations, including the Gando Primary School in Burkina Faso.

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May 27-31, 2019 | Academic Body Member at the On Cities 2019 Programme | Norman Foster Foundation | Monte Esquinza, 48, 28010 Madrid, Spain


May 10, 2019 | Intervention | Journée de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme | Patinoires du Littoral, Quai Robert-Comtesse 4 , 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

To register please visit: https://www.jau-ne.ch/