vibrant façades animate movie theater architecture in south india vibrant façades animate movie theater architecture in south india
sep 30, 2014

vibrant façades animate movie theater architecture in south india

vibrant façades animate movie theater architecture in south india
‘anna mallai’
all images courtesy of stefanie zoche

 

 

 

as a testimony to the rich cinematic culture of south india, the images by german photographers stefanie zoche & sabine haubitz document the vibrantly-colored façades and abstract architectural facets of movie theaters. ‘we are particularly interested in the culturally influenced reinterpretation of modern building style apparent in the architectural style‘ the artists describe ‘which displays an unusual mixture of modernism, local architectural elements, a strong use of color and, in the case of some older cinema halls, of art deco.’

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
shanti

 

 

 

‘hybrid modernism’ emphasizes the architecture’s distinctly theatrical character, with neon green and pink, and hot red and yellow animating the otherwise static site. large letters emblazoned on the cinema building draw a distinct reference to western influences prevalent in south india, while the bollywood boom of recent years has been an unmistakable local source. the series of photographs is presented at nusser & baumgart, munich from october 9th, 2014 to november 15th, 2014.

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
saptagiri

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
tharangam

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
meenatchi

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
nataraj, chennai

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
sree padmanabhna

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
pilot

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
jairam

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche
new theatres

movie theatres in south india by stefanie zoche

 

  • compliments!!! these photos are really very interesting, and show a very and unexpected beauty side of india. thank you alessandro

    alessandro says:
  • Pretty interesting. The last one is named ‘Pankaj’, which is in Alleppey, Kerala.

    Mody says:

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