The Granollers Museum will host the exhibition FOR LASTING, it is the compilation of the work that during the first three weeks of March 2018, more than a hundred women have participated in the restoration of traditional plasters in the Allou-Sana concession, in the town of Tangassogo (Tiébélé), located south of Burkina Faso. With the help of everyday belongings such as a debris, a hoe, or different types of stones, and using natural earth and pigments, this technique documented since the 16th century, is an exceptional witness of the Kasséna culture, of universal value, recognized in the UNESCO Heritage Indicative 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 as is the maintenance of our buildings, in a sample of collective art, done in community and solidarity between neighboring families.
The architecture is present in all the habitats in which people develop our activity. That is why, as architects, we have the responsibility of projecting comfortable, safe and inclusive spaces, with the ability to thrill and, at the same time, help to make fairer societies.
With the will to develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and for years, COAC is committed to contribute 0.7% of the budget of its central bodies for the support of development projects, in Catalonia and countries in which development paths, which are driven by architects in conjunction with non-profit organizations. The scope of the COAC Cooperation Working Group focuses on improving habitat conditions. This can be both in the spatial design and spatial planning, as well as in the coverage of basic social needs, the construction of collective support buildings or the recovery and conservation of architectural historical memory, always with an eye towards reducing the social inequalities.
The project in Burkina Faso that shows this exhibition is part of the projects carried out with the support of COAC. Carried out in the town of Tangassogo, this restoration and heritage protection project has had the collective participation of women to maintain the plastering of their mud houses, making known not only the traditions of an ethnic group, but also the joint work between families and neighboring communities as a playful meeting. This project reflects how the care of the house represents, at the same time, an opportunity to strengthen the ties of teamwork, as the essence of traditions.
Tangassogo is an example of the importance of integrated rehabilitation in the depths of a people’s culture. This community work of Burkina Faso looks back at those tasks that were done to the cohesive populations of our territory, such as painting the house, remaking the roof, repairing water fountains, rebuilding stone walls and many more works of life daily linked to the habitat. The socialization of jobs helps to learn to work together, each finding their role in the community.
As a society, we must deepen the culture of rehabilitation, as a personal commitment to the common habitat, adapting to the challenges of rehabilitation in our context, such as reducing the consumption of buildings and facing the climatic emergency.
FOR LASTING explains and documents this community spirit of mutual support, collectively understanding that it is working together and together that we can socially “endure” in time. Through the fantastic images, it is put in value that the maintenance of the house (home) is a collective activity, and that women have a primary role so that the house -physical and environmental-, can last throughout generations .
Miquel Sitjà and Sandra Bestraten
It is a project promoted by the architect Albert Faus and the ceramist Toni Cumella, with the support of the College of Architects of Catalonia and the Granollers Museum.
Exhibition curator: Carlos Quintáns
Texts: Toni Cumella, Albert Faus, Carlos Quintáns and Miquel Sitjà
Video: Agustí Corominas
Watercolors: Jordi Castells
Images: Toni Cumella, Anna Mas and Niek Kramer
Ceramic model: Carme Balada
The project has also had the collaboration of: Miquel Comadran, Carme Comellas, Concepció Escobet, Aziz Houssale and Giovanni Quattrocolo.
Site: Granollers Museum (C /. D’Anselm Clavé, 40-42)
Start date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
End date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Hours: Until October 31: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6 pm to 9 pm; Sunday morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From November to March: from Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Sunday morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed during the exhibition period: every Monday and September 11)