The artist photographer Vincent Fournier celebrates in "Brasília, une capsule temporelle", a new book published by Noeve, the beauty of this utopian city that never ceases to fascinate.
"My interest in the city of Brasília comes from a mixture of fascination and nostalgia for the stories and representations of the Future. Indeed, Oscar Niemeyer's city, the Brazilian capital built in four years in the middle of a desert, embodies the vision of the future of the 1960s. The pilot plan designed in 1957 by urban planner Lucio Costa coincided with the beginning of the space age and the first artificial satellite of the Earth: Sputnik. It is therefore the golden age of the "space age", and the city of Brasília, with its air of a flying saucer that would have landed in the middle of nowhere, shows nostalgia and the dream of a future frozen in time", details the photographic artist used in his work to explore the different mythologies of the future.
In order to account for this state, Vincent Fournier confides that he used the concrete capital as a set in which the inhabitants were staged. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, this utopian city with the air of an open-air museum is distinguished by its architectural pearls that have become emblematic. From the sculptural staircase of the Palais de l'Itamaraty to the white dome housing the national museum... these places, all fluid, radical and excessive, reveal their photogenic beauty throughout the pages of this book.
Brasília, a time capsule, text in English, French and Japanese, 154 pages, 44,90 € or 69 € (signed edition and limited to 100 copies), Noeve editions, www.noeve.com
Photo credit : Vincent Fournier