Recently I have come into contact with a group of squatters in south London. This small photographic essay is a collection of images revolving around the idea of the ‘living space’ as the embodiment of the ideals and beliefs held by this particular group of people.
Man has always organised ‘space’ according to his needs and activities. These have dictated its shape and aesthetics and the ‘house’ with its ‘living space’ is a clear evidence of such organisation. These ‘living spaces’ are in many ways ‘archetypical’: regardless of time and culture we usually find areas dedicated for example to food preparation, communal living, resting etc. Within these parameters nonetheless we always find an infinite numbers of variables: through the choice texture, material and colour, the dweller modifies subjectively and emotionally the place leaving a mark that can be immediately perceived and grasped by the eventual guest. How the person interact with his/her own immediate living space becomes a mirror into the his/her way of living. The living space, a meeting point yet still highly personal because intimate, becomes the first gateway for social interaction, as a link between the strictly individual and the wider social space.
This photographic collection therefore is intended to be not only as an investigation into an alternative way of living but also as a reflective tool to invite the viewer to think how the personal living space reflects oneself.