Event – Metamorphosis and Seven a Selection, by Andre Fanthome
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Ground Floor – Metamorphosis
In May 2017, TDV – The design village, an interdisciplinary industry centric institute decided to move its existing campus to a larger premises to accommodate the growing number of students in their design school. An old abandoned Kattha (catechu) factory wouldn’t be an option unless you’ve got architect Sourabh Gupta on your team. The two months of summer vacation saw the nightmarish facility transform into a dream village – retaining much of its inherent character even while injecting new life.
Through a photographic exhibition by award winning architecture photographer–Andre Jeanpierre Fanthome, we bring to you, the process of transforming this space from a once polluting factory to an inspiring institute – the daunting journey working against all the odds you can imagine. The photographs in black and white narrate the changes in the building as they highlight the key interventions that have made the space ready for its new role.
First Floor – Seven a Selection
A selection of fine art prints, the exhibit includes some of Fanthome’s favorite works
About Andre Fanthome:
The youngest of 3 photographers to have received The Lalitkala Akademi National Award for Visual Art (MF Hussain was amongst the first Awardees), André Jeanpierre Fanthome is the subcontinents leading architecture photographer. From the biggest names in Real-Estate development to Architects who are redefining architecture, he’s capturing it all.
His unique approach to photography reflects his journey over the last three and half decades that he’s ever grateful for. From sitting on the floor studying in a Government Primary School in a village in Eastern Bhutan to graduating from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. From running after cars that were a novelty as a child to travelling the globe from Australia to Alaska and over 30 countries spread across five continents to accompanying the President of India on his official jet, commissioned to shoot the book – The Presidential Retreats of India, Photography has allowed him to experience what most of us only read off.
Looking for beauty in the mundane and exploring his craft to share with audiences his experiences is what constantly drives him to pick up the camera. Having authored books on people and architecture, his focus is currently on wildlife right here in the city! Fanthome loves to teach photography and give youngsters an opportunity to discover the power and excitement of the medium, something he discovers afresh every time he points his lens in a new direction.
TDV @ C29 & C75
In May 2017, TDV – The design village, an interdisciplinary industry centric institute decided to move its exisiting campus to larger permises to accommodate the growing number of students in the design school. However, reluctant to leave its exisiting five year old eco-system in its parent company, studio archohm–an architecture and design studio in Noida, TDV began scouting for room in the neighbourhood itself.
Owning to the strigent environs, TDV needed to look no further than the neighbour across–an old abandoned Kattha (catechu) factory and saw immense potential for design and renewal in it. Thus, within days, the deal was struck and the plot across was ready to be revitalised before the students returned in late July. Two months were all that were given by fate, to reverse the fate of this dilapidated manufacturing unit that was in a state of urban decay.
studio archohm and students from the village helped transform this former nightmarish facility into a dream village – retaining much of its inherent character even while injecting new life. Narratives of the past were kept intact while giving the campus a new meaning.
Through a photographic exhibition by award winning architecture photographer–Andre Jeanpierre Fanthome, we bring to you, the sequential process of transforming this space from a once polluting factory to an inspiring institute–the daunting journey of what it took to bring it to life, what with the excruciating constraints of time, budgets, context and its rather challenging spatiality.