Bronze winner in Book / Fine Art / 2020
On Barely Nothing
Architect and photographer, when photographing architecture my aim is to draw thoughts, project desires, build spaces for the imagination. On Barely Nothing addresses silence. Silence as a poetic expression, as a haven, as an answer to the overload of sounds and images in which we are drenched. Quietude as an instance of critical reflections on the world. In a circular path, the visual narrative begins in grayish tones, moves on to cooler colors, then follows on to warmer tones and finally returns to gray. It evokes the comings and goings of urban wanderings during which the images were made.
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)