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Dani Gherca

A Diagram of Utopia

The places and the people that I've photographed in this project access a part of my childhood's memory. A Diagram of Utopia is a subjective radiogram of three working- class neighborhoods of Bucharest.
Around 2011 I started questioning myself about the urban area in which I lived for 27 years. What this space representing for me with it’s landscapes and it’s habits?
These neighborhoods were built between ’70s and '80s in order to accommodate the people that left the villages and came towards the new industrial centers, because these kind of urbanization offers a better life perspective for them and for their families. My parents moved in Bucharest in the '70s attracted by the better life conditions offered by this big city. I grew up surrounded by apartment buildings.
A Diagram of Utopia it’s a project that also helps me to discover the role that this type of urbanization had in the construction of my behavior. Photography helps me to eye from outside a space that, apparently, I know altogether. Looking at a sequence of reality that I've photographed, I notice that seeing her through an image, she acquires a new significance. By means of photography I establish a more objective relation between the perception that I have about the space reality and the space himself.
The images are made in Dristor, Pantelimon and Titan neighborhoods, but there are also isolated images, outside of these three areas, taken in places where I used to go with my parents when I was a child.