The brief was to reinterpret the concept of the village kitchen. Wutopia Lab defined their understanding of cooking by associating the activity into two domains; public cooking, traditionally a male activity and private cooking, the domesticated female arena.
One building was assigned for each of the genders. On first appraisal, the colour coding – blue for boys and pink for girls seems stereotypically trite. But Wutopia Lab has a different take on it. “We use blue to paint Building NO.5
His House, the one-storey, blue building, has three exhibition rooms with the interior
Her House, the two-storey pink building is redolent in society’s perceived feminine virtues. The veil-like blinds that wrap around the balconies imply the introversion of a female life. The ground floor pink rock salt, suggests the demarcation between the safety of the home and the world beyond. Both buildings retain all the original, irregular windows, developed over time acquiescing to the needs of former occupants, creating a liveliness on the façade.
The installation pays homage to the human will to survive, both buildings resplendent in their bright colours, injecting hope into the slumlands that surround them.
[Images courtesy of Wutopia Lab. Photography by CreatAR Images.]