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“Brasilia”, Oscar Niemeyer’s visionary urban architecture, photographed by African artist Vincent Fournier. On view through May 28, 2016, at the Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam.

Brasilia is a city composed of reinforced concrete, a paragon of the tenets of modernist architecture and city planning. Brasilia was constructed in the late 50’s from scratch according to the blueprints by the urban planner Lucío Costa, landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx and the architect Oscar Niemeyer. A far cry from the buzzing city streets of Rio and São Paulo, Brasilia is a plateau mostly of purpose-built bureaucratic and governmental settings.

The austerity of modernist architecture lends itself to Vincent Fournier’s photography series that bear the name of the concrete capital. Here, architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work constitutes the backdrop for Fournier’s retrospect of the grandiose dream of posterity. Fournier’s photographs buttress Niemeyer’s consolidated vision that finds its counterpart from the urbanism of Le Corbusier; a political, as well as a technical project concerned with land use and its implications to transportation and physical activity.

Vincent Fournier (b. Burkina Faso, 1970) studied sociology and visual arts before maintaining a diploma from the National School of Photography in Arles in 1997. In recent years, his work has been exhibited throughout Europe and Asia. Fournier’s photographs from the Brasilia series are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the LVMH Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris.

Please find more information at The Ravestijn Gallery

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