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Gold 2022 Fine Art / Abstract

Abstract Dialogue

  • Photographer
    Jose Roberto Bassul
  • Agency / Studio
  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art / Abstract

The Iberê Foundation's headquarters is the only work in Brazil by the greatest Portuguese architect, Siza Vieira. Like Siza, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer also has only one work in Portugal, a hotel on Madeira Island. Approaching this coincidence, I’ve made photo essays on the buildings extracting geometric fractions and formal subtleties from each one. The resulting shapes transfigure perspectives. They find proximity in what is distant. They thus promote an abstract dialogue between these two immense modernists, one of a more silent nature, the other of a more eloquent expression.

José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio and lives in Brasilia. His photography turns to architecture and urban environment as an attempt "to draw thoughts, project desires and built spaces for the imagination". He has received several awards and his works has often been exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums in solo and group shows in Brazil and abroad. He has published two photobooks. His works belong to important private and public collections such as those of National Museum of Republic (Brasilia), Art Museum of Rio, Museum of Modern Art (Rio) and Museum of Photography (Fortaleza)