Evidence Of The Unknown, 2014
A series of 5 digital images, printed on archival pigment paper, 20"x 25" edition of 3.
What lies behind the organized recesses of a town? The spaces documented in these photographs are the peripheral edges of a town, quiet and unattended. The leftover space outside of the town planners’ design, forgotten spaces. In designing public space we face enormous challenges, a revaluation of societal values, resource distribution, cultural and political boundaries.
"As opposed to the explicitly literal and premeditated green space purposely designated for physical recreation, and located away from the urban mainstream space (such as a park or an urban wilderness area), the small leftover space is ingrained within the urban mainstream. But through fickle evolution the leftover space, as a small urban niche bringing together the literal and the figurative in urban greening, becomes part of the city’s subconscious, and can give the city’s second ecology its Aristotelian quality.
The emergence of leftover space is an aspect of tension inherent in the attempt to tame nature within the city. To Sartre, deliberate urban greening – private or public – was seen as fraud, as faking nature within an artificial, mechanical environment. On the other hand, the greenery emerging fortuitously throughout the city is precisely an authentication of nature; its defiance in the face of power. Often near or adjacent to an urban centre or artery, leftover spaces are habitually stumbled upon but usually ignored as insignificant, and only seldom discerned as anything more than trivial. No one has planned for them, and by and large, they are not even shown in urban blueprints. They emerge as if by accident, sometimes the result of negligence or omission, or simply a feature of time flow in the city."
- Abraham Akkerman and Ariela F. Cornfeld