Ever been to a place and felt that it is not quite satisfactory in terms of how it looks? Well, Francesco Jodice is recreating spaces into what they should be if we had control of them. For a long time, people’s lives were influenced by the buildings that existed, but the trend is taking a turn. Not even urban planners, engineers or architects can dictate life upon humanity anymore. This is the message that is being communicated by the ‘What We Want’ series. The project is centered around photography and modification of imagery.
Change in various forms
Change in cities and human societies does not just take place, but through a process of gradual transformation, people make changes to suit them. The kind of transformation which ends up in pictures and scenery is not as dramatic as what happens in building skyscrapers or permanent housing. In the project, dubbed WWW, comparisons are made between what is there and what people want. To get a wide view on the influence of society on space, 150 works of arts that are drawn from 5 continents are observed.
Customizing living spaces
For those who were born in the wake of urbanization, the notion has been that social landscaping happens as a result of the strategies and policies of governments. This is fast-changing as people take ownership of spaces where they live; it is no longer a matter of adapting to the surrounding but rather customizing living spaces to our own preference. What We Want is an illustration that people are willing to divorce themselves from the line of thought that cities must be connected to the history of a people. Today, people are importing design ideas and taking suggestions from different cultures on how to model their cities. With such a movement at work, these small actions drawn from various places transform not only the outward appearance but the meaning of living in certain areas.
Most of the images that make up the WWW collection show urban geography but in the eyes of those who live today. These images are further a reflection of how different life can be or is to various people because they look at it from different angles. The nature of new images created this way invites everyone to think democratically on where they live, what their circumstances are and how they would like it to be.