Category: Brasília


Attempt at a dense description. Text and photographs.

Brasília, one of the most spectacular urban development projects of the modern era, went from drawing board to reality within a period of only four years, and thus the myth of the planned city was born. For half a century now, never-ending, identical images have shown us Brasília as a cold utopia. Brasília’s reality has since changed significantly. Despite the fact that essential components of the urban structure were reshaped, negated, or neglected, we are now getting a spatial idea of all of the dimensions on which the city’s master plan is based and thus of possible scenarios that may be developed from them. (…)

Against the background of the prevailing European critique of modernity and the associated revitalization of planning dogmas, the work ventures a second, an open view of the planned city of Brasília and everyday life as it is lived there beyond the images that preserve the myth. The gaze is not directed toward a city that claims to provide a solution to coexistence in an urban society, but rather toward its inherent potential. It seeks the specific spatial qualities, their appropriation and overlay. The work scrutinizes the mechanisms of image formation as generated and consistently validated by photography.

In progress.

01 Brasilia SQS 2011 0285(C)M Lanz

02 Brasilia SQS 2011 0485(C)M Lanz

03 Brasilia 2011 5125(C)M Lanz

04 Brasilia 2011 6576(C)M Lanz

05 Brasilia 2011 7191(C)M Lanz

06 Brasilia 2011 6978(C)M Lanz

07 Brasilia 2014 4391(C)M Lanz

08 Brasilia 2011 7237(C)M Lanz

09 Brasilia 2011 9837(C)M Lanz

10 Brasilia 2011 0084(C)M Lanz

11 Brasilia 2011 9247(C)M Lanz

12 Brasilia 2011 9269(C)M Lanz

13 Brasilia 2011 8288(C)M Lanz

14 Brasilia 2015 7396(C)M Lanz