Galerie Philia showcases Latin American design inside Santo Domingo monument

Galerie Philia has produced an exhibition that includes Latin American designers known as Montesino throughout the base of a statue of an area friar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Eleven designers from Dominican Republic and totally different Central and South American nations offered their work as a part of the nation’s design week, which returned for the primary time since 2019.

Galerie Philia created an exhibition inside a monument in Santo Domingo

The showcase was positioned within the Monumento a Fray Antonio de Montesino, an enormous statue of a Dominican friar given to the nation as a present by Mexico.

Sculptural works and furnishings have been organized contained in the plinth of the statue, a multi-floor construction made from stone and concrete with a big oculus in its centre.

Copper, wood furniture in monument
Sculptural and furnishings works by eleven Latin American designers have been offered

“The Monumento a Fray Antonio de Montesino, erected to commemorate Antonio Montesino and his noble defence of the natives’ dignity and freedoms, bears the burden of this multi-secular heritage,” Galerie Philia founder Ygaël Attali advised Dezeen.

“To exhibit a number of works by Latino-American artists on this setting is a testomony to this complicated heritage and its interpretation by expert modern artists and designers.”

Furniture and sculpture in the monument
The works have been organized contained in the plinth of a sculpture

Openings on the edges of the area open up the stone-and-concrete inside to the views of palm bushes and the ocean, situating the work in a tropical context.

“To have a good time the historic ties between Mexico and the Dominican Republic, particularly their richness and cultural range, Montesino foregrounds works by native designers who’re dedicated to preserving their nation’s artisanal heritage,” mentioned Galerie Philia.

Travertine stool with brushed concrete wall
Ries Estudio from Argentina showcased travertine stools

To emphasize this connection, the gallery chosen works by designers from each nations that utilise craft traditions, together with work from native stoneware workshop Casa Alfarera and the furnishings of Mexican studio Comité de Proyectos, whose wooden piece with woven parts was impressed by the “indigenous ladies of Chiapas”.

Mexican designer Andrés Monnier, who not too long ago showcased work at Galerie Philia’s Mexico Metropolis outpost, offered a sequence of stone items.

Stone and mirror works in Montesino
Mexican designer Andrés Monnier offered new works in stone with accompanying mirrors

Different Mexicans included within the showcase have been design studio ACOOCOORO with a sculptural chair and Manu Bañó, who offered furnishings items in copper.

Designers from South America have been additionally included, corresponding to Peru-based Estudio Raffreyre, with a large-scale woven compositional rug and Argentine Ries Estudio, with travertine stools.

“With this exhibition, we hope to offer a compelling perception into the intense magnificence, intricacies and richness behind the craft and cultural heritage that emerges from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Caribbeans and Latin America, celebrating this fascinating mix of cultures throughout the world of design,” mentioned Attali.

Galerie Philia has areas in Geneva, New York and Singapore, and has not too long ago been extra energetic in Latin America, organising a present in Mexico Metropolis that showcased the work of Pilar Zeta and Andrés Monnier.

Copper furniture at Montesino DR
Manu Bañó offered furnishings in copper

Final yr, the gallery additionally placed on a present in Paris that exhibited the olive wooden furnishings by designers Antoine Behaghel and Alexis Foiny that have been primarily based fully on the drawings of youngsters.

Montesino was on present in Santo Domingo from 13 to 19 March as a part of the Dominican Republic’s Design Week. For extra occasions, talks and installations in structure and design go to Dezeen’s Occasions Information.  

The pictures is by Maison Mouton Noir, courtesy of Galerie Philia