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Brazilian Photographer Exhibits “BRASILIA, Straight Lines, Curves and Shadows” at Kent State

Posted Mar. 3, 2014
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The Uumbaji Art Gallery at Ritchie Hall will present
“BRASILIA, Straight Lines, Curves and Shadows” by the
Brazilian photographer Ricardo Pinheiro Penna, now through
March 21
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The Uumbaji Art Gallery, located at Kent State University’s Ritchie Hall, will present “BRASILIA, Straight Lines, Curves and Shadows” by the Brazilian photographer Ricardo Pinheiro Penna, now through March 21. The exhibit is curated by Moema Furtado, and is free and open to the public.

An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Penna holds a B.A. degree in architecture from the Universidade de Brasilia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University. He worked as a photographer for the Brazilian newspapers O Correio Braziliense and O Estado de Sao Paulo. He also was a photographer for the Brazilian magazine VEJA.

Penna spent his youth in Brasilia and witnessed its construction from the start. He acquired a special love for the central plateau’s unique sky and vegetation, as well as for the amazing city built in three years and inaugurated in 1961.

Inspired by the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa’s urban plan, Penna captured with these photographs the essence of the city, its straight lines, curves and shadows.

“Large spaces, pinpointed by huge monuments designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and an absolute linear horizon contour, produce delightful shadows. People move against these lines and in contrast with empty spaces. The walls, the concrete, the sun and the people are the essence of my photographs and part of my dreams about the city,” says Penna.

The exhibit is sponsored by Kent State’s College of the Arts, College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the Department of Pan-African Studies.