This series of collages by Sweden-based artist Anastasia Savinova, entitled Genius Loci, provides a unique study of city architecture. Each individual piece is an amalgamation of the spirit of a destination, rather than being an exact visual representation. The results are stunning depictions of cities in France, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, that are reminiscent of neat doll’s houses.
The artist explains: “In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Travelling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the place.
“This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The integral image emerges from visual information and dozens of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life.
“It is saturated with ‘an incorporeal something’. Ancient Romans called it ‘genius loci’ – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, ‘genius loci’ refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere. A big house on each collage is composed of many buildings, which are typical for a particular country or city.”
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Via Ignant | Main image: Denmark, Copenhagen