The franco-italian duo of directors Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine is pleased to announce that all the 16 films they produced have been acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Bêka & Lemoine have stood out on the international architectural scene for the last 10 years through a cinematographic work known for its innovative nature and its tender and biting humour, which has disrupted the usual representation of contemporary architecture by putting people and uses at the forefront. A project which defeats the question of genre, by placing itself at the edges of the documentary and video art, through a singular and highly subjective style. Thanks to an authentic artistic perspective on architecture, Bêka & Lemoine open new horizons to the relationship between architecture and cinema.
Their first film, “Koolhaas Houselife”, shown at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 delighted the public and was internationally acclaimed by critics: “Magic!” Le Monde, “The architecture cult movie! » El Pais, « Heartfelt, thought-provoking, and hilariously funny! » The New York Times.
By following Guadalupe, the charismatic housekeeper, this film gives us access, for the first time, to the daily intimacy of a contemporary architecture icon: the house in Bordeaux designed by the Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas. Their work amazes us thanks to the immersion it allows in highly intimate situations within spaces that we only knew from the outside until then, and moves us because of the poetic fragility it brings out of a world of might and success.
After this first film, Bêka & Lemoine kept developing and deepening this upheaval in the representation of iconic architectures through a series of 15 other films. Each film looks at the different ways of inhabiting a space as well as at the sensitivity and the consciousness developed towards it. While the subject of “Koolhaas Houselife” focused on a private house, the other films explore other scales of buildings and uses, even opening up to the city level more recently.
The growing reputation of their work led them to develop more projects in cooperation with some museums, art foundations and well-known architects such as: Barbican Art Gallery, Fondazione Prada, La Biennale di Venezia, Bjarke Ingels, the City of Bordeaux, Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture, etc.
The acknowledgement of MoMA is the culmination of a journey both characterized by much coherence and rich in formal trials. While working on feature films conceived as human maps of the buildings, the directors have also explored more peculiar forms such as the series of video fragments “Spiriti” for the collections of Fondazione Prada, or the video installation “La Maddalena” created for the exhibition "Monditalia" at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.