C-prints, each 48 × 48 cm
An exercise in form and colour, the scaffolding feet that are always depicted from the same point of view act as a punctum in reverse, thus pointing more to the surrounding textures around the object than the scaffold itself. Since the basic structure of the object (and that of the camera’s vantage point) remains always the same, the scaffolding feet act more as an optical device through which one can look, instead of looking straight at them. This way, the little idiosyncracies of each of the individual structures arise, allowing them to be presented more as found sculptural situations instead of a typology. Some of these images were photographed in parts of cities that are in the midst of a wave of gentrification and the entailing real-estate speculation. In this context, a temporary detail of scaffolding is like the smallest structural unit of that economy, one that appears and disappears in Kalamaja, Molenbeek or Brooklyn as quickly and inconspicuously as the movement of capital that assembles the scaffolding in the first place.