Image and text courtesy of Cat Wilson from her series ‘Casas Blancas, Cielos Azules’.
“Casas blancas cielos azules is a series of large-scale digital collages utilizing architectural photographs as well cyanotype reproductions of pencil-line drawings of traditional Islamic patterns from the Maghre, Morocco and Andalusian Spain. From its French colonial past Casablanca is now the economic capital of Morocco, with a vision to establish itself as an economic hub for the region. Tension between the drive towards modernity and the desire to hold on to tradition is strongly felt there as it is all over Morocco and indeed the world.
White French Art Deco buildings photographed against clear blue skies represent the aspirations of the city. Everything is beautiful in Casablanca as long as you are looking up. Fragments of these white buildings are taken, mirrored and repeated using the same principles applied in traditional Islamic design. The process abstracts the buildings from their original form. There are hints of their previous identity but these are not easily recognizable.
This new entity floats in front of blueprint reproductions of pencil-line drawings of traditional Islamic patterns. These patterns form a kind of grid structure that holds the buildings in place. The use of cyanotype with its past application as a means of reproducing architectural plans alludes to the traditions that underpin and stabilize the fabric of society”.
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