CARLOS ESGUERRA, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT

'MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN CHINA'

FINE ART ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY

I am applying for the grant to fund the promotion of a finished project, “Modern Architecture in

China”. The project was completed in April 2018 during a three week visit to four cities in

China – Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

The proceeds from the grant will be used to fund an exhibition of selected images from the

project at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and to fund the self

publication of a folio book of images from the project.

I am a landscape and architecture photographer. My early interest was in landscape

photography. I celebrate the beauty of our planet to counter the ugliness that results from the

ways we mistreat our environment.

For several years now, I have been focusing on modern architecture photography following

the visions of daring and creative architects like Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry, whose

works seem to defy the laws of physics and had traded Bauhaus functionality for structural

artistry. Like my landscape photography, I celebrate the beauty of these modern structures in

the same way art elevates our consciousness and our perception of the world around us.

The economic miracle of China has enabled and produced some of the most provocative

designs in modern architecture. It started with the dramatic skyscrapers in Pudong area of

Shanghai. Next comes the relentless construction boom in preparation for the Beijing

Summer Olympics in 2008 - the National Olympic Stadium (the “Birds Nest”), National

Aquatics Center (the “Water Cube”), National Center for the Performing Arts (the “Egg”),

China Central Television (CCTV), and many modern buildings in other Chinese cities.