“The Open Hand” Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh
The modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India, remains one of the major touchstones of 20th-century architecture. Commissioned by the government of India after gaining independence, the complex of brutalist concrete structures has become a pilgrimage site for architecture lovers and scholars for the past six decades. These structures have been photographed many times, but Japanese photographer Yoshihiro Makino takes a different approach. Rather than documenting the buildings, Makino’s photographs are meditations on the architects’ objectives for the new city, and intended to be portraits of the architecture. Taking its name from Le Corbusier’s monument for Chandigarh, The Open Hand— which symbolizes “the unity of mankind… open to give and open to receive.this publication is a visual metaphor for the unfolding experience of the Chandigarh. Composed of two accordion folded books in a slipcase, these saturated and poetic images evoke Le Corbusier’s intention that his buildings are both a metaphor of a free society, and also the means to achieve that freedom.