Thibaud Poirier: Temples of Cultural Worship

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19 September 2017, Tuesday
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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” famous writer Luis Borges once said. We totally agree with him as graduate students who spends huge amount of time in different libraries of different countries. When I see a book on the shelve, it seems like a physichal form of potential energy to me. Someone will come to library, take that book from the shelve and will transform it into kinetic energy. S/he will read it, transform it into intellectual capital and the wisdom obtained from that book will reflect in our daily life!

These were the sentences which passsed from my mind in the metro after I saw Thibaud Poirier’s photography serie Palaces of self-discovery: A series on libraries. Thibaud is a photographer based in Paris. However, he spent plenty of times in different cities and experienced different cultures.

Similar to Borges’ sentence, he also defines libraries as holy places, he uses the word “Temples of cultural worship” and it must be underlined, this is a perfect point of view. His website contains wide explanation of his artwork as following:

“Poirier’s perspective pays homage to the personal touches and interpretations of literature that these architects brought to each library. Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration. These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection. The selection of these libraries that span space, time, style and cultures were carefully selected for each one’s unique ambiance and architectural contribution. This is reflected in Poirier’s tasteful use of symmetry to highlight classical values of beauty, and the strong visual interpretation of the solitude that one feels when immersed in reading.”

It is possible to see photos of libraries from different countries such as France, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Italy and so on. Regarding this, there are several different architectural approaches. If you wonder which place I liked the most, I think I would work in libraries of Germany. Sharp and well-lit atmosphere of modern architecture always inspirates me!

It is possible to see Thibaud’s other projects on his website.

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