I found that while the site brings us together (one ‘block’ of flats) the walls and design of the architecture divide us.
I felt alone- I didn’t know any of the residents and wanted to create a project to give me the opportunity to get to meet my neighbour.
I used photography as a means to investigate my neigbour’s living environments in order to find the connections between us as people, not just as residents of the same flats.
Three photos/ experiences stood out for me:
'Talien' , 2006, photographic print, 28 x 35.5 cm
'Fatima & Abaka', 2006, photographic print, 28 x 35.5 cm
'Bruno', 2006, photographic print, 28 x 35.5 cm
I now wanted to represent the images I had gathered in a way that would further my idea of breaking down barriers. I had my photos scanned in order to project them onto the Omega block’s wall with a data projector. I used the idea of a window as a portal to the inside of the buildings- thereby ‘exposing’ what’s inside, and bringing the inside outward.
I invited the community to come and participate/ experience in this project:
The images were displayed as little windows on the side wall of the omega-block: a constructed view to the inside of the building. By doing this I attempted to break down the borders between us. Physically and metaphorically. A physical gathering outside made it possible for us to interact on a social level and mirrored the idea of ‘inside out.’
documentation of the projection:' Meet your neighbour', 2006. Photo: Bianca Baldi
documentation of the process for 'meet your neighbour', 2006. Photo: Ric Shields