In early 2019, I was granted access to a demolition site on the Johns Hopkins medical campus. I was given a hardhat, neon vest, and protective glasses to wear while I photographed the floor-by-floor removal of a disused hospital building from the early twentieth century. It was like witnessing a surgical amputation of part of the built environment. From this first-hand look at a building’s methodical erasure, I got a glimpse into the intentional destruction of part of the city. The building is now completely gone; a square cavity is all that remains. The photomontage I made of this site depicts a wound-like hole in the wall of an elevator shaft. This image is also part assemblage: by incorporating the photomontage with actual building materials, some of which I collected from the demolition site, I created a synthesis of image and object, representing a specific place and made, in part, from materials found from that site.
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
|© Dereck Mangus