Inspired by Yves Klein’s Fire Paintings, I burnt a two meters high tree trunk from the inside, and tried to sculpt the wood by fire. I used water and a hair dryer to orientate the flames.
Making this series was almost an immersive experience : I spent five hours by the blaze, shrouded by the smoke and the heat.
On summer 2019, I travelled across Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia to discover, among others, the WWII spomeniks. Most of these memorial monuments were built in the 60's and 70's by the Yugoslavian authorities, to commemorate the action of the local communist resistance during the Second World War. I found powerful, mostly concrete monuments that managed to convey meaning despite their abstract aspect.
Yet, many were abandoned in the middle of the countryside or received few visitors : in such case, is the memory kept alive? Do they tell the story they were built to remind us, or the story of a forgetfulness?
Monument to the Fallen Soldiers of the Kosmaj Partisan Detachment, Serbia, 1971, Architects: Gradimir Medaković and Vojin Stojić
Tito café, Sarajevo
As I was doing a study abroad at Central St Martins, I became fascinated with utopian and brutalist architecture. These photos of the Barbican center (designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1982) also led to photogravure experiments and a fashion project.