Anastasia Savinova is a Russian visual artist currently based in Umeå, Sweden. As part of her Genius Loci project, Anastasia created amazing large-scale collages of fictional buildings that seemingly turn the logic of architecture upside down.
Each big house collage is composed of dozens of smaller buildings photographed while Anastasia travelled to various cities or countries.
“In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Travelling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image of the Place, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life. It is saturated with “an incorporeal something”. Ancient Romans called it “genius loci” – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, “genius loci” refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere. A Big house on each collage is composed of many buildings, which are typical for a particular country or city, in their connection with the land and the spirit of the Place.”