Place: Porto Alegre/ São Paulo
Publisher: Editora Incompleta
Size: 19 x 25 cm (approx.)
Hard cover with matte lamination and dry embossing, design by Letícia Lampert, texts by Letícia Lampert and 23 dwellers, edition of 1000 copies.
“Known by Sight” examines an increasingly frequent situation in the contemporary urban context: apartment buildings with opposite windows way too close. Views that don’t show the city or the landscape, but someone else’s life nearby. Neighbors who don’t formally know each other but can make long descriptions about each other’s daily habits.
This work was developed through the contact with dwellers from more than 50 apartments, chosen by chance, in narrow streets from Porto Alegre (Brazil). The idea was to counterpoint views and points of view, always visiting apartments on both sides of the street. The dwellers testimonies were collected in informal chats and complement the images, revealing these unique relationships established in the city.
Letícia says: Over time, doormen and janitors became the main curators of the project. Between suspicion and sympathy, apprehension or excitement, they were the ones who almost always decided on what buildings I could enter, and whom I would meet.
About the author:
Lens-based Brazilian artist, Leticia works mainly with photography, collage and artist’s books. Her work focuses on the different ways of seeing the landscape, especially in the urban environment, and on how architecture mediates our relationship with places. She is graduated in Graphic Design and Visual Arts/Photography and also has a MFA in Visual Poetics. She has had her work highlighted in awards such as the Pierre Verger National Prize of Photography and the Itamaraty Prize of Contemporary Arts, among others. She has taken part in international art residencies such as The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai – China, FAAP Art Residency, in Sao Paulo – Brazil and Pier 2, in Kaohsiung – Taiwan. She has already published three photobooks: “The Color Scale of Things”, “Chai” and “Known by Sight”.