Category: Urbanities (diptychs)

How is urban resilience related to sustainability? Can we bounce forward after a disaster when everything condemns us to bounce back? Is vulnerability really opposed to resilience?
The series “Urbanities” shows two photographic stages for a given urban space where the sense of vulnerabilities, hazards, and disasters are significant. The first one (D0) is the initial picture illustrating an urban scene. The second one (D+) is produced from the argentic paper pre-cut in the dark room. Some parts will be chemically treated with fixing or developer agents at given dilution and time. Others will be left untreated. The different parts will be reassembled in the dark room before being printed and exposed to daylight, resulting in the D+ picture. The way darkness develops in time for certain parts of D + will highlight the challenges raised by the urban space resilience level in comparison with D0.
D0 and D+ are printed on argentic paper grade Ilford MGRC Deluxe Pearl, 21 x 29,7 cm/ 8,25 × 11,75 in
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Lotura XXXII

In the below work, Lotura XXXII, recalling the steel industry that built Bilbao’s greatness, stands as an iconic symbol sounding as a First Nations totem pole. Framed by disbalanced infrastructures, in-between past, and future, it questions how cultural heritage contributes to urban resilience. At D0, Bilbao past and new infrastructures, concrete and titanium sheets, are linked […]

Roma Aeterna 1, 2 & 3

The three below works have been inspired by photographs taken in the Jewish ghetto of Rome, IT. They challenge the myth of “The Eternal City”, questioning the continuity suggested by a metaphor ignoring socio-cultural disruptions. Echoing my own technique with argentic paper darkening in time, as an allegory of ephemerality, the pictures show how ruins […]

Itaperuna

Confronting the absolute objectivity of sophisticated measurements to the inherent subjectivity of human behavior translates here into a deconstruction-reconstruction process of the mapping.  At D0, silhouettes dance all around Itaperuna pieces and the Muria river flooding. Graffiti photographed on the walls of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, symbolize the urban life through its political […]

La Défense

The below work questions the way rurality could become integrated into urbanity, enabling to rebalance the exclusions derived from a “selective green-washing” urbanism. At D0, the urban imposes its grid massively, almost oppressively. At D+, towers fade out. Low level buildings find a new balance. The continuum with rurality is emphasized. The appropriation of rurality […]

Orders and disorders of urban resilience

Investigating the living narratives of Abraxa spaces, D0 outlines the seemingly paradoxical composition between a utilitarian dimension of urbanity and its dystopian environment. On one hand a power station supplying the electrical grid, on the other, murals and design encouraging and stimulating our imagination. Darkening in time erases the wall in favor of a central […]

Exploring spirituality in the urban frame

The sense of belonging, social connectedness and transcendental aspirations may coalesce in a holistic relationship between people and their built environment. Intertwining nature and spirituality may pave the way to sustainable thinking. But dealing with uncertainty and complexity requires not only a capacity to adapt but also to transform. To build successfully such transformative process, […]

We don’t need heroes

Beyond the richness of a concept with multi-faceted dimensions and the emptiness of a word used nowadays to mean anything, resilience, when applied to our daily lives, questions the balance between individual acts and collective responsibility. The below work shows the inside room of an Ellis Island dwelling. At D0, windows have been covered with wooden […]

Impairment

The below photographic work (*) is the outcome of a stay in Vienna, Austria. At D0, Culture, contaminated by the Covid, is represented by three statues of the Karl-Marx-Hof, “Körperkultur”, “Befreiung” and “Aufklärung”, wearing face masks and standing in front of a homeless, as among the most vulnerable of us. All of them are enchained […]

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