The work of Malu Mesquita praises one of the most striking features of the history of photography; the urban landscape. This photographer from São Paulo is part of a group of image-makers who walk around the city carrying their cameras or mobile devices, and the result is a visual poetry that refers to the great mastering of the craft.
Since photography was invented in the nineteenth century, the figure of “flâneur” has emerged, the stilt that was dazzled by the new elements of the modern landscape. It is worth remembering that in this period the cities, as we see them today, were forming, thanks to the inventions of the Industrial Revolution. The urban space has widened, thus creating a perfect setting for new image producers to build their stories.
In this project, the photographer brings back to New York, two of his works - “On Same Wall" and "New York / São Paulo”. In the first one it presents a series of 10 images, printed in the methacrylate technique, and about the remnants that were left in the streets. In the background of the image we always see the same wall, but the foreground objects are changing in each photo, leading us to think about the memory of objects.
Through the series "New York / São Paulo", Mesquita makes a visual comparison between the two metropolises. The Photos are presented in a diptych form, where the viewer is aware of scenes encountered by the photographer in his wanderings in these cities that have much thing in common.
Street Photography, for Malu, does not only about wandering the cities looking for a good photo, but also she puts at her disposal the philosophical and cultural reflection on the singular way she sees her subject.
Renato Negrão - Curator.
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