Patrick Morarescu‘s photographs from ‘Performing Grounds’ are a fascinating series of pictures that look at absence and the remains of what happened. They force us to contemplate an action that may or may not be complete, to ruminate on the detritus of human intervention.
Each of these images alludes to a narrative yet we don’t know if we are at the beginning, middle or end. What has happened? Where are the actors from these small scenarios? Are they real or imagined? Is each photograph a construction of reality or has Morarescu captured a moment in time? We are given no answers. We are left to imagine the possibilities. To make our own story out of a vast array of physical objects.
What is certain is that Morarescu has a wonderful command of light and composition. Each construction carefully considered. Each story, from cities across the world, giving us no sense of place or time, only an action that has already happened or has yet to happen.
You could spend hours looking at these photographs. The absence imbued in each picture speaking louder than any words spoken, any action taken. They are both enigmatic, mysterious and utterly banal. They confound us. Everyday objects given a stage on which to act out an unknown story. Each image a reflection of our lives. Here’s what he has to say about his series:
The photo series Performing Grounds deals with the dynamically visual and accidental remains of human interventions in the public and private space. I put the untold stories in the formal frame of the picture and give them a melancholy value. In the centre it is not man as person, but the place with the omnipresence of the civilization and her remains.
The activities and actions of humans always leave tracks as signals of a presence in the space. The visual impressions show the duality of the present, tense and absence, a dichotomy which questions human reality. In this manner the photos want to give no answer, but put the proof of this reflection about our existence.