Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine: Living Architecture

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"Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are two of the foremost architectural artists working today. Their films focus on the relationship of people and design, emphasizing the presence of everyday life within some of the most iconic architectural projects of recent decades."

~Barbican Centre

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are artists, filmmakers, producers, and publishers. Their work is focused on experimenting with new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture.

Since 2007 they have been developing a series of films widely acclaimed as "a new form of criticism" (Mark magazine) that "has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture" (Domus). Koolhaas Houselife, internationally renowned as the "architecture cult movie" (El Pais), is probably the most famous film of their series, featuring Guadalupe — the irresistible housekeeper of the Bordeaux House built by Rem Koolhaas.

Selected as one of the 100 most talented personalities of 2017 by Icon Design, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) as one of the "most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016," the complete work of Bêka and Lemoine was acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for its permanent collection.

Bêka and Lemoine's films have been widely shown in some of the most prestigious international cultural institutions and events such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Barbican Centre (London), CCA (Montreal), and Fondazione Prada (Milan, Italy), among many others.

Organized by The Living Room, Cornell AAP, and Cornell in Rome.