A feature-length documentary conversation with the incredible Zaha Hadid, student of the ‘starchitect’ Rem Koolhaas, and one of the most important figures in architecture of the past several decades.
Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zaha Hadid studied at the Architectural Association School in London and worked at Rem Koolhaas’s OMA bureau after graduation. In 1980, she founded her own architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, whose projects—carried out around the world—include National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (MAXXI), Rome; Nordpark Cable Railway, Innsbruck; Ordrupgaard Museum Extension, Copenhagen; Hoenheim-North Terminus & Car Park, Strasbourg; London Aquatics Center; and, arguably the most colossal project—the Heydar Aliev Center erected in Baku in 2012. On March 31, 2016 Zaha Hadid died, following a heart attack.
A detailed look back at her exciting career, this film by Lindsey Hanlon and Roger Parsons gives insight into Hadid’s creative and conceptual approaches to architecture. In her own words, she was substantially influenced by the Russian avant-garde, and Kazimir Malevich in particular. Hadid’s original style and the unknown nuances of her overwhelming projects are revealed in the architect’s conversations with film’s presenter, British writer and producer Alan Yentob.
Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins
Dir. Lindsey Hanlon, Roger Parsons, 71 minutes, UK, 2013
The screening is arranged in collaboration with PERFORM Festival of Art Films