‘Besides being a shelter, the house is as well a home, an emotional and intimate place, a private space, a limited territory.
The series Momentos e Máculas (Bad Spots in Our Best Times) departs from a personal investigation about the issues of home and territory. The work focuses on the process of frenetic urbanization that the city where I born and grew up, Guarulhos, Brazil, knows since the last years.
This is a continuous and intense transformation as dozens of new buildings are raised every month, causing changes both in the landscape and cohabitation.
According to the British Philosopher Roger Scruton, as modern architecture prioritizes function, utility and short-term effects over population, permanence and dwelling, it becomes a kind of a “No Home”, a profanation to human residence. Major part of this work is the search and exploration of the evidences.
My interest is to explore meanings of territory, not in the geopolitical sense, but rather delve into its psychological and sociological terms, linked to cultural identity, the way space is structured, organized and planned.
The result of the project aims to show spots on a physical space as might be forgetting over memory.’
Diego Saldiva is a photographer living and working between Switzerland and Brazil.
The purpose of the GwinZegal Art and Research Centre is to provide a resource for people who are interested in the various facets of photography and photographs – how they are created, produced, disseminated, studied, published, and collected, in today’s society.