In her project Utopitect, Merel Zwart explores the architectural illusions and disillusions of utopian endeavors. She (re)constructs images of political ideologies and technological progress, taking the viewer back in time, yet at the same time, offering a critical view of the future. In her autonomous/documentary work, she blurs the boundaries of past and present, dreams and reality, progress and declne, emotion and reason.
After studying political science, communication and sociolinguistics, Merel Zwart forged a career as an it-consultant before finding her true vocation: photography. Politics and linguistics remain core elements of her work in which she explores the architectural illusions and disillusions of utopian endeavours.