The exhibition is a collection of photographs of work carried out by more than a hundred women who, during the first three weeks of March 2018, participated in the restoration of traditional plastering in the Allou-Sana concession, in the town of Tangassogo (Tiébélé), located in the south of Burkina Faso. With the help of everyday utensils such as a broom, a hoe, or different types of stones, and using natural soils and pigments, this technique documented since the 16th century is an exceptional testimony of the Kasséna culture, which has a universal value and is recognised in the UNESCO Heritage List. The work carried out periodically by the expert hands of the Kasséna women and their traditional “savoir-faire” turns a need that modernity neglects, such as the maintenance of our buildings, into a collective art show done in community and solidarity among neighbouring families.
This restoration project in Burkina Faso has the COAC’s support through the Cooperation Grants awarded annually by the institution. This exhibition, which has toured several Open Centre headquarters, arrives at the Francesc Candel Library and will be one of the 2022 Sants Montjuïc Architecture Festival activities, on Friday 5 May.
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