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Photography by Pavel Curagău

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The composition of our surrounding is a mixture of natural and artificial elements, all subject to various degrees of degradation. Their transformation has happened over time, under the influence of predictable or unpredictable forces, which influence both the state of aggregation and the degree of physical or chemical decomposition.

The structural breakdown of the objects and the dissolution to scrap of their elements brings together the natural and the artificial, reducing the two components to their primary state of matter. This project follows the comprising of such elements, forming an ethical and aesthetic landscape of discrepancies. Therefore, by presenting a dispute between an object that imposes on the limits of modern necessities and the essence of regenerating mechanisms: the naturally given and the result of a lucrative activity, we can constitute the current provocation of visual representation.

This ensemble of installations, comprising of both the ready-made and mixed media works, unfolds according to the principle of controlled chaos, a world in which the main element within the human–nature relationship is time. It is the natural rhythm of growth and habitat creation – an innate and immemorial time – compared to the current cycle of biological life. This rhythm is overlapped by the time required for the evolution of the human species and the deeply historical coordinate, into which the ascending flux of modernization and industrialization are engraved as a contemporary existentialist mark of the homo faber. To all this we then add the postmodern phenomenon of the production speed and acceleration of objects. Furthermore, this project explores the `tangible` time of `post-production` that presents itself as the silent witness of degradation. In this case, we are referring to the perceptible time that compels the physical elements to dissection, bringing forth the contemplation of their brute state, lack of life and minimal functionality. The `post-production` state refers to the phenomenon of standardization of semi-urbanized landscapes, a genuine deposit of memories, with a vibrant essence of endless energy. The archaeological site of contemporaneity is an empire of oblivion, containing some living and some inert matter, recyclable material in various states of degradation, and a considerable amount of worthless residue with a more or less toxic content.

This project deals with the fragility of public and personal spaces, bringing forth the issue of the singularity of places and the transformation of landscape elements with the passing of time. Dislocating structural elements of the habitat and their intrusion into inhabitable spaces leads to often irreparable transformations, thus also introducing us to a world of ballast. The phenomenon happens in time, in the substantial coordinate of the infinity of possibilities that are open to us.

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