Mamani in El Alto

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Mamani in El Alto

Mamani in El Alto
Heinz Emigholz
Camera Lucida
Documentary Film
Germany
2022
95 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None
World premiere

As a pioneer of Neo-Andean architecture, Freddy Mamani Silvestre attracts attention far beyond the borders of Bolivia. His non-conformist designs are influenced by the culture of the Aymara, the biggest ethnical group in the country, echoing their myths and patterns. Buildings constructed between 2008 and 2021 are circled, inspected and captured, in part 35 of the ongoing series “Photography and beyond”.

Like giant jewels, the Cholets rise into the sky above the Bolivian city of El Alto, at 4,000 metres above sea level. Cholets, a neologism created from chalet and Cholo, the local term for indigenous people, are the creations of architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre, born in 1971. Several dozen buildings designed by him adorn the otherwise fairly unglamorous city otherwise mainly dominated by raw red brick. Mamani’s built fantasies, on the other hand, are striking, arrogant and bold. Snakes seem to be slithering up their facades, scattered diamonds cling to the glazing and occasionally the whole thing is crowned by a stand-alone residential building. But the Cholets are mainly used for festivities, because they house the so-called “salones de eventos”. Emigholz unlocks psychoactive places that evoke the interior of pinball machines and, in their confident splendour, triumph over the richer neighbouring city of La Paz.

Carolin Weidner

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20.10.
#482
Regina Palast 6
Mamani in El Alto
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20.10.2022
Regina Palast 6
#482
Mamani in El Alto
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23.10.
#754
Passage Kinos Astoria
Mamani in El Alto
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23.10.2022
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Heinz Emigholz
Frieder Schlaich
Irene von Alberti
Frieder Schlaich
Heinz Emigholz
Till Beckmann
Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz
Andreas Reihse
Ueli Etter
Christian Obermaier
Jochen Jezussek
Heinz Emigholz

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