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Didier Fiúza Faustino, an invasion of intimacy

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The architect Didier Fiúza Faustino has been shaking up reality in order to reveal intimacy since 2000. Examples include a passenger compartment for frail bodies undergoing a perilous migratory transit, a tiny basketball court perched mid-air at the end of a sculptural staircase and a three floor building for a single person located on a tiny square metre in the heart of the most expensive cities in the world. Faustino presents solitude among the multitude highlighting the need for community. He constructs for and around the body to present his real subject: society that must be interacted with at all costs.


Didier Fiúza Faustino brings therefore a monumental dimension to intimacy, unveiling it through architectural systems that magnify it and get rid of partitions. We recall his house/bathroom designed for Fabrice Hyber where guests were expected to live, shower and fulfil their most personal needs collectively. Flows of users, people, desires and words; collective flows organised and fostered by Faustino where bodies brush against each other and minds meet. His future cultural centre in Mexico, due to be opened at the end of 2018, will break library rules creating free access to the books, without an entrance or exit.


A physical, social and highly charged practice summarised as a whole in ‘This is not a love song’, an explosive looking building designed to encourage public speaking in the city: “Today it is no longer just the physical body that must regain structures, but also the society. General acceptance of architecture as a mandatory subject must end. ‘This is not a love song’ is a sculpture event, a minimalist architecture framing a space awaiting bodies.”


Didier Fiúza Faustino also experiments with intimacy and bodies through his famous seats with contrary ergonomics. These seats are currently in a solo exhibition at Galerie Michel Rein until 17th December. Ten pieces to be considered more like milestones in Faustino’s work, the fruit of his research on space for an installation or a building project.

A survey to discover on new website www.didierfaustino.com

Image credits:

1/ Love me tender. Didier Faustino

2/ Doppelgänger. Didier Faustino / Galerie Michel Rein

3/ This is not a love song. Felipe Ribon

4/ Opus incertum. Didier Faustino

Now on show: Didier Fiúza Faustino “My Crafts”

until 17th December

Galerie Michel Rein

42 rue de Turenne

75003 PARIS