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 […]
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 of “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.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
In the below work, radical housing is seen through the lens of an incongruity: holding legally a vacant private property for speculative reasons when illegal requisitioning could save people lives. D0: Who are these people living in a place that is not their own? Why this unbearable look? Why this deafening silence? What do they […]
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 […]
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 […]
The below work speaks about our illusions of strength and power and at the same time shaping our vulnerability. Framed by the perspective of a Pompeii street, the Atlas statue of The Rockefeller Center, NYC, seen as a metaphor of our dreams to equal Olympian Gods, has been replaced by two iconic pieces which I […]