The photographic series Performing Grounds shows accidental and random traces of human actions found in public and private spaces, architectures and places that once were alive and now are silent. The book, published by the Swedish graphic designer and publisher Dennis Hankvist, compiles a selection from this analogue photographic series.
The group of photos displays spaces that have suffered transformations by human actions; traces of movement, activity and change; architectures and places that once were alive and now are silent. The echo of anthropogenic activity is still present in a future time and the consequent space transformation appears to be the documentation of a performance. Thus is photography the document of the document, the dimming reverberation of a time that will never come back. One of the most feared fates, the expiring of existence, is made visible through the landscapes, as they would be leftovers; remains that are imbued with the melancholy of the accidental.
The Performing Grounds were taken between 2007 and 2015 in the various countries of:
Germany, Finland, Scotland, Spain, France, Romania, Jordan, Syria, Japan, Taiwan, Morocco, China and Cameroon.
The book was nominated for the Unveil’d photobook award.
More about the project here.
Trema Förlag [SWE]
17 × 24 cm