MAC Museum, Brasil, 2020
Artist: Henriette Philippa Fee Seibert
Type: Print, Limited Edition of 10
Material & Size: Baryta Fine Art paper, 42.0 x 59.4
Description: The image shows the MAC Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Brasil, built by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1996.
One associates the main building with a spaceship, however, few people know that the shape was originally inspired by a lotus flower. Niemeyer intended the museum to emerge like a flower from the rock that holds it. It is set on an exposed shore that functions as a symbolic lighthouse overlooking the bay. The curved ramps allow you to see the building from different viewpoints while approaching it.
To the artist, the building resembles an oyster in this photograph, which explains the heritage of the name - oyster translates to “Auster” in German.
Henriette is a photographer from Berlin. Her first encounter with photography came through assisting Lovis Dengler while interning at the Water Mill Center, an interdisciplinary Art Center founded by Robert Wilson. Later on, the Berlin-based photographer Ramtin Zanjani introduced her to analogue photography and she has been practising ever since.