Terence Gower

Baghdad Case Study

Nowhere is ideology and architecture so closely linked than in embassy buildings. In the 1950s, when Iraq was of economic and strategic interest to the USA, American architectural policy was intent on signaling transparency and a willingness to enter into dialog, which was reflected in the new embassy building in Baghdad in 1957. 50 years later – the relationship between the two countries having undergone a fundamental change – the embassy moved to a high security building. This new ‘Superbunker’ also reflects political relationships. Gower presents his research-based work on the USA’s (architectural) foreign policy in the stylized 1950s interior of HKW.

Terence Gower (*1965 in Canada) uses period photography, narrative and documentary film, archival installations and full-scale architectural constructions to analyze the curious experiential and functional disconnect that occurs when architecture is put on display. He has exhibited his work and curated exhibitions worldwide, and has had two monographs published on his work: “Display Architecture” and “Ciudad Moderna.”