Category Archives: Photography

Abandoned Houses of God by Roman Robroek

Roman Robroek captures the beauty in abandoned chapels and churches. Each place tells it own story, revealing their unique architecture and secrets to the lens of Robroek.

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Robroek is a 30-year-old urban-obsessed and award winning photographer, born and raised in the enchanting South of the Netherlands. He specializes in uniquely capturing interiors and exteriors of a variety of buildings, working with natural light only.

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Jan Kempenaers’ Soviet Era Monuments

Jan Kempenaers (BE, 1968) lives and works in Antwerp. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent and at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. He has been affiliated with the KASK School of Arts in Ghent since 2006. Since the mid-eighties, Kempenaers has been photographing urban & natural landscapes, architectures, as well as monuments. This series documents Soviet-era ruined concrete monuments across the former Yugoslavian territories.

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© Jan Kempenaers
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© Jan Kempenaers

 

Boarded-up Houses by Katharina Fitz

In the words of the artist Katharina Fitz:

Boarded-up Houses In Europe today there are around 11 million empty and unoccupied homes, of which 610,000 are in England. Large scale vacancy in cities is often a sign of great upheaval within the urban space.

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© Katharina Fitz

Focusing on typical Victorian working class terraced houses in post-industrial Liverpool and Manchester, the project highlights the sheer volume of long-term vacancies in the UK to create a critical reflection about the extensive amount of unoccupied homes in England as well as in Europe in relation to the social housing market. When before, these historical houses symbolized the collective past of a flourishing industry and a strong working class and community, nowadays in some former industrial cities many hundreds of houses in fairly good conditions stand abandoned and boarded-up awaiting demolition.

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© Katharina Fitz

From an aesthetic point of view, boarded-up windows create a melancholic, mysterious, and sculptural atmosphere. Referring to Gaston Bachelard’s book ”The Poetics of Space” windows of houses are described as the souls of houses, when lit up at night, giving us access to their inner life, their history, and memories of past times. The images radiate an uncertainty in relation to their future, producing a sense of instability. The aims of the project are to create a conscious reflection of vacant houses and an awareness of the constant structural changes of our cities.

See more of Katharina Fitz‘s work here.

Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel 

Born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Alexey Titarenko has been taking photographs for over thirty years, in four major cities: St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel at the Nailya Alexander Gallery brings together, for the first time, prints from every phase of Titarenko’s career, including rarely exhibited photomontages from the his first major series, Nomenclature of Signs; key photographs from his groundbreaking series City of Shadows; and never-before-seen work produced within the past year.

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© Alexey Titarenko

For Titarenko, the city not only shapes and influences each individual’s mindset and point of view; it is also a creative force, the architect of narratives in which each of us becomes his or her own distinct character. As an artist, his work is to bring to light these stories through his own lens, and to outline their symbolic meaning. As he writes in his essay City of Shadows, “Universal emotions perpetuated during the last century…constitute the main themes of my photographs, to the extent of transforming the most documentary among them into elements of a novel — not reportage, but a novel, whose central theme is the human soul.”

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© Alexey Titarenko

Nailya Alexander Gallery presents Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel, on view Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, May 20. For more information follow the link.