Copan during Quarantine

by João Pina

João Pina's 2020 series Copan during Quarantine, commissioned by National Geographic, will be featured at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (MNAC) in Lisbon in a show opening on December 9th and running through late January, 2021.

“The Copan building the largest residential building in Brazil, with 1160 apartments and over 5000 residents living in downtown São Paulo is a small city. Designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950’s, it was meant so people from all economical spectrums could live in center of South America’s most populated city.

How does a building which hosts the population of a small town, live during the COVID-19 quarantine? This was the original question that brought João Pina into the building when the pandemic started in March 2020, moving for three weeks to start documenting the lives of the residents and building workers during this exceptional times.”

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