Specimens of american suburbia

My view of the American suburbia was one of a vast, flat, sparsely populated surface with rail crossings, wooden houses, big cars and neon motel signs appearing in foggy, semi-rural surroundings.

This view was cultivated by movies, tour guides and by the aesthetics of commercial landscape photography. However, this perspective is not necessarily accurate: In large terms, American suburban areas enjoy multicultural diversity and lack a specific local or national identity. In my quest of seeking what should be regarded as a typical American landscape, I encountered architectural structures more complex than those I had in mind. They were in fact less pictorial, dystopic and more universal. This realization has made me question the identity of the place (placeness) and in general the identity of any place. My work connects is situated within the post-New Topographics style and reopens a conversation on landscaping and architecture, subjectivity, topography and geography.


Yiannis Galanopoulos