“On the riverside” is a visual research aiming at investigating the different forms of relations between natural and man-made elements along the river Thames.
Mostly focused on the shifting landscape from inner to outer London, this photographic series attempts to highlight the crucial borderline between the fast urban changes that characterise the metropolis and the permanence of rural sceneries and local activities connected to the riverside life. Apparently, once out of the centre, West and East, always seen as two clearly different souls of the city, dissolve into almost indistinguishable landscapes.
The “long, winding, domesticated snake” – as quoted by the British author and photographer Eric De Maré - has here been elected as a symbolic point of view to depict the transformation of the built environment, playing its role as natural threshold and border but also a longitudinal connection between multiple scenarios.
“On the riverside” has been exhibited at Stour Space in East London, from the 28th June to the 30th June, for the “LFA - London Festival of Architecture 2019”.
The exhibition has been extended unitl the 10thof July, due to the high demand of visitors and has got different positive feedback and reviews, as well featured in a few promoting event platforms.
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H8:00-17:00 / Sun
Working mainly in the urban context of the city, its aim is to document the architecture heritage comparing it to the past and using different tools – as collages, installations, photographs, engravings, drawings etc - with a provocative and reflexive approach.
Mainly underrated now, the postcard has represented a powerful way to describe and spread the image of cities for many years, documenting the historical urban changes roughly from the ‘20s to ‘80s. Opting for speed and mainstream “instagrammable” places, today’s travellers have almost lost the ability and the time to deeply understand the identity of the places they visit.
Unsent Postcard presents alternative narratives of spaces and invites visitors (and citizens) to leave the touristic beaten tracks and recuperate the experience of selecting the most appropriate image and condensing their impressions in a few sentences on paper.
At the same time, the project is also an attempt to draw attention to unforgotten masterpieces and sometimes, in state of decay.