Coincident with Climate Week NYC 2017 (September 18-24) and the publication of HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet edited by Sandra Piesik (Abrams, 2017) the current exhibition highlights examples of vernacular architecture photographed by Pratt faculty member Barbara J. Anello-Adnani in the years 2007-2017.
Vernacular architecture is architecture without architects; designed based on local needs, these buildings make use of natural resources and demonstrate diverse architectural forms, design elements unique to their culture, and ingenious construction techniques. From bamboo garden pavilions in China to homes made from reeds in southern Iraq, and mud dwellings in Mali to pine huts in Siberia, Habitat showcases the diverse and indigenous materials that can be used to build innovative, sustainable structures.
Visual artist, documentary photographer and educator, Anello-Adnani has lived and worked in Indonesia and Morocco and taught in Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and New York. As Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Art History: Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia (2008), she documented vernacular architecture. With the Moroccan Ministry of Artisanat, Meknes Delegation, and the U.S. Peace Corps, she worked with women weavers of the Middle Atlas Mountains (2006-2008). Her paintings of Balinese performing artists, done while living in Bali (1992-2002), illustrate Dibia and Ballinger's Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, (Periplus, 2005). She is a contributor to Habitat: World Vernacular Architecture, (Thames & Hudson and Abrams, 2017), and her documentary photographs are in public collections, including Archnet; ARTstor; the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dance Division; the Library of Congress, Jakarta; the Singapore National Archives and others. With Tersik Ginting, she co-nominated Lingga Village, North Central Sumatra to the World Monuments Fund Watchlist, resulting in the restoration of four traditional structures (2012-14).