Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil, is known for its unique urban planning and modern architecture by the likes of Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. In capturing the city’s architecture in a raw and minimal manner, photographer Bruno Candiotto felt connected not only to the city itself, but to Brazilian history and art in general.
“In Brasília I found a silence within me.” Planned from scratch as an ideal city, Brasília struck Candiotto with its utopian character. “It sparked something absolutely unusual in me; I felt optimistic and patriotic,” says the photographer. Despite the reality of the city today being far from its initial plans, it still made Candiotto feel connected to the different kinds of artistic manifestations in Brazil. He found much more than the well-known landscape plans by Roberto Burle Marx or the artworks of Athos Bulcão, however.
Whilst exploring African-Brazilian and indigenous art, as well as “anonymous” artistic expressions from all over the country, the photographer became convinced that Brazilian art in Brasília crosses barriers and represents a plethora of diversity. “After all, it was built by people from different regions of the country and most of them still live there,” explains Candiotto. A visit to the city left the photographer reflecting on the plurality of Brazl, and the elements that unite it. He points out: “The city connects different Brazilian artistic identities like no other. Consequently, in Brasília I found a silence within me; a blank space that is so important in the life of creatives and artists.”
All images © Bruno Candiotto