Héctor Zamora


Born in 1974 in Mexico (Mexico), lives and works in Lisbon (Portugal)

Ephemeral architect and artist Hector Zamora uses everyday objects and the basic, structural components of architecture to intervene in the public space, and in the physical fabric of built structures. For the Biennale, Zamora hangs 50 concrete shells from the ceiling of the Sucrière – evoking the flight of birds, in obeyance to the opposing laws of mathematics which give the work its title: Synclastic / Anticlastic. “Synclastic” describes a form whose dominant curves all follow the same direction (a bowl, for example). When an object’s two main axes curve in opposite directions (a riding saddle, for example), the form is described as “Anticlastic”. The artists’ concrete birds are made from shells of reinforced concrete – a material used for structures with no external support. The shells represent the seven stages by which a synclastic form becomes into an anticlastic form. The shells are mostly flat or domed, but some may also be elliptical or cylindrical in shape, or a combination of both. First seen in the 2nd century CE, these concrete shells symbolise the mathematical mysteries that shape the architecture we experience every day.  

Hector Zamora will also present his work Ruptura on the Biennale de Lyon’s opening night, 19 September 2017, with 147 participants, at the headquarters of GL Events, at 8 p.m. A record of the performance can be seen at macLYON, on the 3rd floor.

With backing from GL Events, Official partner of the 14th Biennale de Lyon and AJC3Dim, Lyon

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