'We shape our buildings, and thereafter they shape us,' say Langlands & Bell, a couple who work together, making art that explores the impact of architectural structures upon human behaviour. In their series Enclosure and Identity, the artists examine institutional and potentially oppressive buildings, such as prisons, churches and mosques.
Each sheet has been with the ground plan of a famous mosque, giving the images a three-dimensional, almost quality. The artists focus on the geometry of the religious building, which they see as 'a structure where the spiritual dimensions of a community take physical form'. These were acquired on the occasion of their 1997 exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery, which brought the artists to international attention.
Gallery label, August 2004
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