Erik Johansson

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http://www.erikjohanssonphoto.com/

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Anastasia Savinova

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„In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Travelling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image of the Place, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life. It is saturated with “an incorporeal something”. Ancient Romans called it “genius loci” – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, “genius loci” refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere. A Big house on each collage is composed of many buildings, which are typical for a particular country or city, in their connection with the land and the spirit of the Place.”

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Anastasia Savinova – art and illustration. Sweden and worldwide. http://www.anastasiasavinova.com/

Mihai Rotaru

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“Assigning the Soviet modernist principles of architecture and urban planning, Romania explores on large scale the concept of housing blocks starting from 1950’s. Once forced industrialization started, there was a big demand for new homes, especially in the cities. The concept of apartment blocks was the widest spread solution since it was designed to host as much people as possible. Destroying the existing buildings or sneaking among them, the blocks reshaped the urban context of some areas and became new landmarks. Criticized for their bleak and repetitive appearance, these buildings added uniformity and desolation for cities and for the people’s lifes.
Nowadays, many of these blocks are in an ongoing process of restoration. Some of them are restored by the city hall, others are made by the owners. The facades are covered with styrofoam and strong coloured plasters. The choice of the colors and their playful placement might be an attempt to give more life to a desolate and monotonous architecture. But inside, the apartments are the same as they were designed. Even if the owners refurbished their interiors, the low standard confort imposed by the Communist Regime is still present in every flat.

Inspired by unfolded facades from architectural representations, I am creating large images with these blocks focusing on their graphic compositions seen from the eye-level of the city.”
http://cargocollective.com/mihairotaru/Housing-Blocks

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