Freddy Mamani (The Plurinational State of Bolivia)

Museum of Contemporary Art

Freddy Mamani is a self-taught architect from Bolivia who is known for creating the Neo-Andean style of architecture. His buildings are colourful, ornate and inspired by the culture of the Aymara , the Indigenous people of the Andes. He mainly works in El Alto, a city above La Paz, where he has built more than 70 structures, called cholets, that serve as homes, businesses and community spaces for the new social class of wealthy Indigenous Bolivians. Mamani’s architecture has been praised for its originality, cultural identity and social impact. 

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.