The first memories we have from the early stages of life determine our inner space representation, more exactly our inner landscape, through which we sense and evaluate the world around us. This is a psychological fact that stands at the center of Marcell Piti’s visual thinking. The young photographer obtained his diploma from MOME in 2017. Piti’s graduation project, Inner Landscapes, is based on a preliminary research in which he questions why and how our attachment and connection to places develops, and how specific locations shape the identity of an individual. For this series, he relies on various visual tools that underline the reproductive character of memory and remembrance, and the different visual formulations mark the phases of losing space. It is through objects and items that Piti represents how personal space, the sense of home, is put off balance. One distinctive trait linking the work in this series is the carefully defined angle of shooting that contrasts with the composition. It looks random at first glance but clearly shows the traces of human intervention; a birdhouse hanging off balance between dry weeds obviously too thin to hold it; an ensemble of a table falling apart, wooden furniture arranged to resemble a constructivist monument that nobody ever visits; or an armful of green pine branches stuffed into a long cardboard box evoking a coffin. The scenes all bear a certain atmosphere of sadness, melancholy, hopelessness, and stand out as symbols of existential loneliness.
No. 06, from the series Inner Landscape, 2017
No. 07, from the series Inner Landscape, 2017
No. 08, from the series Inner Landscape, 2017
No. 13, from the series Inner Landscape, 2017