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Terrain Vague

These images are inspired by the French term coined by the Spanish architect Ignasi Solà-Morales Rubió, which describes abandoned areas, undefined and unused, found on the borders of cities.

Here the spaces are blank interiors, empty spaces behind the scenes that suggest a theatrical event about to begin just off camera. The setting is a stairwell, the corner of a lobby, a niche filled with electrical components. Materials include concrete, drywall, aluminum, with an occasional flash of red pipe or an EXIT sign.

Human life is largely absent, and the construction is industrial, anonymous: a factory-made Beckett scene.