Gold winner in Architecture / Cityscapes / 2020
The Urbe series depicts the city as a metaphor. It takes the iconography of the built environment to emphasize photography as a language, as a means capable of informing and deluding at the same time. The silence of the buildings, the absence of people, the unreality of colors as well as the imprecision of shapes allude to the idea of mirage, of deception. In these tragic pandemic times, the images aproach dystopia, the cityscape as a shelter for dreams and desires that fade in the passage of time.
Architect and photographer, José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Brasilia. His photography turns to architecture and cityscape. In the attempt to shift the concrete world of buildings to the senses’ intangible territory, he explores abstraction and geometry. He has received several awards and his works has often been exposed in festivals, galleries and museums. With two two published photobooks, he has works in important private collections, and in the public collections of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia and the Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro - MAR.