Federico Babina’s New Series Builds Structures Out Of Language And Ideas

Following on from our article on his regal deck of cards, architect and illustrator Federico Babina, who we interviewed previously has released his latest collection: Archiwriter.

01_ARCHIWRITER_Fidor-Dostoyevski
02_ARCHIWRITER_italo-Calvino
03_ARCHIWRITER_franz-kafka

The series, consisting of 27 drawings, personify the writings, periods and locations of writers to build quirky, architectural structures made of words and symbols. Babina commented, “immersed in reading a book it feels like [being] inside an architecture, a metaphysical space surrounded by words”.

Slightly murky colours block out the background and the range of idiosyncratic, inventive and at times, sinister, creations sit atop them. From the words of Shakespeare and Proust to the palace of Dostoyevski and the prison of Wright, the drawings are intriguing, multi-faceted and completely original.

04_ARCHIWRITER_George-Orwell

For years, centuries in some cases, we have seen writers as people and their words as the tale but Federico’s series intertwines them both – the writer becomes inextricably linked to their stories, to the worlds they created and the visions they conjure. Babina believes that the portraits he has created are, “fluctuating vernacular, itinerant, ephemeral, concentric, labyrinthine, surrealist, oneiric, and futuristic.”, and we agree.

05_ARCHIWRITER_Jack-Kerouac
06_ARCHIWRITER_charles-bukowski
07_ARCHIWRITER_Haruki-Murakami
08_ARCHIWRITER_hermann-hesse
09_ARCHIWRITER_albert-camus
010_ARCHIWRITER_Milan-Kundera
011_ARCHIWRITER_Federico-Garca-Lorca
012_ARCHIWRITER_Len-Tolsti
013_ARCHIWRITER_Paul-Auster
014_ARCHIWRITER_Ernest-Hemingway
015_ARCHIWRITER_Oscar-Wilde
016_ARCHIWRITER_William-Shakespeare
017_ARCHIWRITER_-Raymond-Carver
018_ARCHIWRITER_-William-Burroughs
019_ARCHIWRITER_dante-alighieri
020_ARCHIWRITER_john-fante
021_ARCHIWRITER_Truman-Capote
022_ARCHIWRITER_richard-wright
023_ARCHIWRITER_gabriel-garcia-marquez
024_ARCHIWRITER_Henry-Miller
025_ARCHIWRITER_Isaac-Asimov
026_ARCHIWRITER_Marcel-Proust
027_ARCHIWRITER_James-Joyce

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

comments policy

  • - Please don't leave racist, homophobic, sexist or other offensive comments.
  • - Please don't use any offensive words.
  • - Please don't use this comments section for self promotion.
  • - Please don't get too personal.