“The most important thing is not architecture but life, friends and this
unfair world that we must change”.
— Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar’s House is the first of a series of dossiers in which Fabulatorio wants to explore, through photography, the relationships between space and life, and culture and civilization.
Oscar’s house is, moreover, a visual homage to the architect Oscar Niemeyer, a perennial and distinguished account of the Utopian project that transformed modernity, and one to which he professionally committed himself from one of the peripheries of the Central European and North American intellectual hub.
For that reason, in 2012, when the powerful economic systems continue to replicate their endemic injustice on a global scale, Oscar Niemeyer and his work continue to define places through which it is worth passing.
The photographs by Luis Díaz Díaz are accompanied in the book by two texts written by Benoît Sindt and Chico Buarque. Benoît Sindt is an architect and was one of Luis’s travel companions on his trip around Brazil in 2005. The text by Chico Buarque, which gives the book its title, and now appears re-edited with the author’s permission, was originally published in the year 2000 in Poemas, testemunhas, cartas, a booklet commemorating Oscar Niemeyer’s ninetieth birthday.
Luis Díaz Díaz
Luis Díaz Díaz (A Coruña, 1978), is a photographer and graphic editor based in Galicia.
Luis entered photography while studying Civil Engineering in his hometown. Upon finishing, he moved to Madrid in 2005 to study for a Master’s in Photography at EFTI. He has susbsequently enriched his experience by assisting photographers such as Jerónimo Álvarez and Daniel Riera, as well as taking part in workshops with masters such as Joan Fontcuberta, Francesco Jodice and Joerg Colberg.
He routinely collaborates with various national and international magazines, institutions, archtecture studios and advertisement agencies. His work has recently been exhibited in Brussels, Madrid, A Coruña and Barcelona. He is the founder and co-editor of ‘30y3’, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Spanish photography.