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.