I moved to Brasília in 2014 and I immediately disliked the city. Its huge, empty open spaces and unwalkable roads; the way people seemed to always be in their cars and never on the few sidewalks; its narrowly planned boredom, typical of a city which seems built to segregate and alienate.
The only place I could find some chaos and energy in was the central transport station – Rodoviária do Plano Piloto – a microcosmos just a couple of kilometers away from National Congress. I’ve been photographing there since then. It’s a place where two worlds mix – people both from the lower class satellite towns and from the affluent blocks within Plano Piloto. It’s also the place where many hopeless outsiders who come to the capital roam, trying to get a job or begging, sleeping under its arcades at night, by themselves or with their families.
This series is an attempt to capture such tension between these two faces of the Brazilian capital, as well as some fleeting feelings of my fellow citizens. I’m one of these commuters myself, and by photographing them I’ve been trying to immerse myself more deeply in the flux of the city and to get slightly closer to them in a city always prone to separate.
Gustavo Minas was born in Cassia, Brazil, in 1981. He lives and works in Brasilia as a journalist and a freelancer photographer. Gustavo studied photography under Carlos Moreira in 2009 and has dedicated himself to personal photographic projects since then, focused mainly on the urban spaces and the citizens of the cities he lives in.
Photographer Gustavo Minas
Curated By Dan Immel and Roberta Tavares