Nosso Lar – Brasília
Rio de Janeiro/Amsterdam: Capacete/Jap Sam Books, 2015
12.5 x 18.5 cm
Graphic design: Remco van Bladel / Studio for Graphic Design and typography
Editor: Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei;
Editor/Proofreader: Urok Shirhan;
Translation English/Portugese: Noelly Russo.
Nosso Lar, Brasília explores the relationship between Spiritism and Modernism in Brazilian architecture. Central to the book is a systematic comparison between the spiritist city of Nosso Lar (1944), as described by the medium Chico Xavier; and the modernist city of Brasília (1956), the country’s capital as designed by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.
Jonas Staal (1981) is a visual artist whose work deals with the relationship between art, democracy and propaganda. He is the author of among others
Post-Propaganda (Amsterdam: Foundation BKVB, 2009);
Power?… To Which People?!(Heijningen: Jap Sam Books, 2010) and Closed Architecture (Eindhoven: Onomatopee, 2011).