SimulacRaum is an investigation of constructed spaces, Räume, that carry the resemblance, or likeness (Latin. Simulacrum) to the model standing in opposition to their origin. Series shows the earth's surface slit into functional shapes as well as urban structures molded to organic forms, each of them artificially created, yet connected with nature either by its fragmentation or re-recreation. In both ways, a transformation takes place, from grown to build and vice versa, with its effects found as traces on-site, in which another meaning of simulacrum, unsatisfactory imitation or substitute, is revealed.
Two kinds of models, which follow the line of thought about the appropriation of nature through the transformation of space are used in SimulacRaum. These models that stand in connection, as well as contrast and continuity, are “the temple” and “the garden”.
While “temple” focuses on inverted spaces of halls and corridors carved into layers of rock and time with clear cuts of straight lines, “garden” stands for erected logic of amorphous, organic growth planted inside the built infrastructure of glass and fences that conquer it.
One resulted from the plain functionality of stone extraction, and another one made for the spectacle of wilderness under human control, either consequently or in a determined manner, both models exhibit forced conversion from organic to cultured and another way around. While the temple sacrifices nature for the commodity, the garden resurrects it as a product.
Similarly to the shape, which stone cannot take, or fauna and flora that could never occur together in one space, analog photographs through digital manipulation work as SimulacRaum themselves, newly created worlds, where fragments of what was captured change into what never existed.
2022: SimulacRaum, FOG Gallery, Bratislava
2022: Aerial Palettes, Art Biesenthal, Wehrmuehle, Germany, curated by Camilla Lucci
2022: "Out of Square", Photo Israel, Tel Aviv (left) "Waking up in a world", Artemis Gallery, Lisbon (right)