Landschaft: Landscape and Territory

The human being does not adapt to the natural conditions in which it is born, as most animals do. It constructs its dwelling. It constructs and inhabits. It inhabits and constructs. It survives by constructing adequate places and atmospheres; it creates its own environment. The human is a builder by nature and it is this constant transformation of the environment what gives origin to landscape, turned into an image of continuous change. The human models its surroundings and at the same time dreams about those places not yet intervened by its action. Through these interventions, landscape acquires a series of cultural meanings given by social and political factors; it is, in this way, nature transformed by human action through the course of history. Therefore, landscape is a concept that refers both to a piece of territory as to the image of it, its artistic representation. We find many of these images moving as we consider them as fragments of nature, evoked elements, ones belonging to the infinite imaginary.

For this project I was interested in approaching the ideal of nature through the appropriation and reinterpretation of the landscape surrounding the specific space of my intervention, where I precisely took on those small fragments of nature in order to evoke the completeness of a landscape past, for no landscape is permanent. The real landscape, even just an instant after being photographed, changes, becoming inapprehensible.

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