The series “Sous la lumière” describes modernistic rhythms in the cityscapes of three fascinating metropolises in Africa and the Mediterranean, which are now famous for their architectural modernism: Casablanca, Dakar and Tel Aviv. The series searches for abstract beauty in the facades of buildings mainly erected between the 1930s and the 1960s, but also later.
Casablanca, Dakar and Tel Aviv were chosen for this project as they were playgrounds of modernism “by the sea and under the divine light of the Southern sun”. The three cities are characterized by their genesis in the 20th century: starting as modest settlements with not more than twenty thousand inhabitants at the beginning of the century, they nowadays count three, four, five million people. Modernist and Bauhaus architects such as Zevaco, Gouyon, Morandi, Fleurant, Le Normand, Kabiri, Magidovitch or Spokoini used these cities for their urban experiments; they constructed aesthetically equilibrated high rises, characterized by stripes, rhythms and waves in the facades.
The name of the project relates to a quote of one of the fathers of modernism, Le Corbusier, according to whom architecture is “the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light" (“L’architecture est le jeu savant, correct et magnifique des volumes assemblés sous la lumière”).