'Genius Loci' Collages by Anastasia Savinova

Swedish artist Anastasia Savinova makes a fascinating collage using photographs from her travels. Explaining the concept behind the artwork, Savinova says;
“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."

France

France

Germany

Germany

Belgium

Belgium

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden

Russia

Russia

Russia

Russia

Italy

Italy

Israel

Israel

Spain

Spain

Netherlands

Netherlands

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden

Denmark

Denmark

Skåne

Skåne

Norrland All images © Anastasia Savinova

Norrland
All images © 
Anastasia Savinova