In ecology, an edge effect refers to changes in population or community structures that occur at the boundary of two habitats. Here, it indicates a space of constant fluctuation between both man and forest species' habitats, and the opportunity for reconciliation through active coexistence. Kocevje with its diverse society of different origins that came to the abandoned village to start a new life gives a unique chance to examine again the role of landscape in the identity formation. If forest should’t be any longer associated with endless clash over territory and deforestation for agriculture fields it could instead compose a source of references and stable place of affiliation. Series of photographs depict forms of coexistence of man and forest in Kočevje-Slovenian greenest region, where forest occupies almost 90% of land. Topographic observation from the edge between the city and forest is used to speculate about forest inhabiting the city and human reaching for source of identity in surrounding wooded landscape. The community weren’t only a subject of photographic exploration but actively participate in the process of creation. Recorded places are refering to the local memory and fictional narration about the forest became a new source of identity. „Edge Effect” was assembled in a photobook commissioned for the exhibition of BIO25 - Faraway, So Close - Biennale of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
260 x 190 mm
4 copies Edge Effect, produced by Museum of Architecture and Design in Lublana (SI), 2017