Anastasia Savinova is a talented photographer and visual artist, who was born in 1988 in Sverdlovsk, Russia and currently based in Umeå, Sweden. Anastasia recieved her BA and MA degrees from Samara State Architectural University. She travels the world and takes a little piece of each place with her. The series titled “Genius Loci” reveals the dozen of associations triggered by various places in Europe. Savinova combines elements of architectural forms to craft visually stunning large scale collages.

“In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Traveling 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.”

Anastasia Savinova