Arts at MIT presents David Adjaye – Collaborations, a feature length documentary by Oliver Hardt on the work of David Adjaye, the acclaimed British-Ghanaian architect and 2016 Recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The film features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world as well as a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios and exhibition spaces globally situated and developed over the past 15 years.
The collaborators – artists, curators and writers, most of them interviewed ‘on site’ – give creative insights into Adjaye’s buildings, while also offering highly personal perspectives on the particular collaboration. By looking at the work through the eyes of others, the understanding of the architectural approach is enhanced, personalized and broadened to encompass a wider discourse.
The film was specially commissioned by the Haus der Kunst in Munich and The Art Institute of Chicago as part of the first extensive survey exhibition about David Adjaye’s architectural work, curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoë Ryan. Interviews include Okwui Enwezor, Zoe Ryan, Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson, Julie Mehretu, Thelma Golden, Deyan Sudic, Peter Adjaye, Taiye Selasi, Sue Webster and Peter Allison.
A Signature Films Production. Director/Executive Producer Oliver Hardt.
This special screening launches David Adjaye’s McDermott Award Residency that begins on February 10, 2016.