Based on architectural icons of modernism and modernisation, "The Tilt Project" photo series negotiates this break with right angles and the associated will to transform the relationship of the structure and the built surroundings and to change the perception and view of architecture.

The Planalto presidential palace – Palácio do Planalto– by Oscar Niemeyer was built in Brasilia in 1958–1960, the Museu de Arte Modernaby Affonso Reidy in Rio de Janeiro was completed in 1953, and in 1952 the United Nations moved into the New York headquarters built by the American architect Wallace Harrison, with the co-operation of Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier and others.

Tilting the supporting pillars, the Pilotis, became a structural and formal element of style of post-war modernism in the 1950s. The angled supporting elements raise the structure off the ground and add dynamism to the relationship of the architecture to its setting. For the series of photos, the angled supporting lines are reconstructed with the aid of the camera’s architecture lens. The virtual shift of the vertical distorts the inner relations of the structures, disrupting the representation and the accustomed view. This shift also allows us to speculate on the inner conditions of the constitutive forces of modernisation and their outward effects.

Tilt Brasilia, Supreme Court, 2000.
B/W photograph on aluminum,
150 cm x 110 cm.

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