START POINT PRIZE – Prize for emerging artists

CarlosAzeredo Mesquita

Carlos Azeredo Mesquita focuses on the city and its structure which clearly relates to architecture and urbanism but also has a wider dimension. He created a cycle of photographs Radiant City – which is an ironic allusion to Le Corbusier’s utopian projects – during his stay in Budapest in the Erasmus exchange programme between 2009 and 2011. The local environment, predominately focused on a bizarre repetition of certain elements, came to represent a real utopia for him. He perceived it within the context of the local socialist past which had left traces in the structure of the city and the thinking of its inhabitants. The artist looked for these serial elements in the urban landscape intentionally and accentuated them through vertical divisions in long panoramic images. (mf)