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'One Thousand Doors, No Exit'

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"One Thousand Doors, No Exit" is currently on view until April 2nd at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. The exhibition features two photographic series by Swiss-born artist Nicolas Grospierre. Grospierre—who is currently based in Poland and studied sociology at the London School of Economics and political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris—explores the tension between perception and truth in architecture as well as architecture's capacity to stand as an artifact of ideology. TATTARRATTAT (2010) snakes through the interior of a 14th century palazzo, capturing images via reflections in convex mirrors, and Hydroklinika (2004) shows a Soviet-era spa in Lithuania just before it was partially demolished and converted into a water park. "The frozen state of the architecture from this perspective is very telling about the Marxist project," says Grospierre of Hydroklinika. Reflecting his educational background, Grospierre's documentation of the communist relic takes a sociologic lens to architecture. "Incredible, Utopian, buoyant, but not practical, and not economically viable." Click through the slideshow for a look at "One Thousand Doors, No Exit."

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Tracing a path of reflections through a series of convex mirrors, the two-channel projection TATTARRATTAT guides...
Though the projection appears to be a film, it is actually a series of over 500 photographs. Nicolas Grospierre,...
The project's title comes from the longest palindrome in the dictionary, a term for a knock on a door coined by James...
Artist Nicolas Grospierre works in an expanded field of photography, exploring the social organization of space.
The plan of Pallazzo Dona. Nicolas Grospierre, TATTARRATTAT, 2010.
Hydroklinika is a series of 32 photographs of a treatment spa complex built between 1976 and 1981 in Druskininkai,...
The complex—which could accommodate up to 500 patients— boasted 50 healing rooms, 80 thermal baths, 40 mud baths, and...
Grospierre photographed the facility in 2004, a year before it was partially demolished and turned into a water...
The complex was built by little-known architects Romuladas and Ausra Silinskas on a ternary plan, which means each...
Grospierre photographed each of the interior and exterior elements in what he calls a "global, objective, and...
The artist commented that the eerie emptiness of the abruptly abandoned building reminded him of a modern day...
Nicolas Grospierre, Hydroklinika, 2004, D-Print on Wood, 19 3/4" x 19...
The plan of Romaldas and Ausra Silinskan's Hydrokilinika. Romaldas and Ausra Silinskan, Hydroklinika, Druskinkai.
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