Photography Raw Hill, the unexpected softness of brutalist architecture

Raw Hill, the unexpected softness of brutalist architecture

Giulia Pacciardi
Raw Hill, Marietta Varga | 12

Brutalist architecture often calls to mind a dystopian, monstrous, massive, sterile and monochromatic aesthetic.
But it is also an exhaustive source of complex sculptural beauty.
This, at least, is what the photographer Marietta Varga would like us to remember with her series Raw Hill.

Although very different from her previous project My Town – Siofók II, the images of her new series, taken in London at the National Theatre, Barbican Estate, Alexandra Road Estate, have an almost similar dreamlike dimension.

A boy and a girl, with pastel coloured clothes, seem to improvise a dance that tells about love, drawing inspiration from the environment around them.
In each image their posture reflects, responds or integrates the geometry and configuration of the building as a stage.

Considering that it was Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange that associated brutalist architecture with violence, the cinematographic sensitivity of Varga’s photography is an attempt to retrieve the softer side of these buildings with their rough features, gray colours and great expressive strength.

Written by Giulia Pacciardi
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