dystopia.k is a project about documenting the urban environment in all its changing, decaying and often forgotten beauty: the run-down buildings of past glory we ignore as we walk past every day, to the ones we arbitrarily choose to celebrate; the many forms of colour and expression on otherwise grey streets that some call vandalism but others call art; the views we don’t often see and evidence of the sights we see too often; the ever-changing environment and what it says about us a society, where we’ve been and where we’re going.
Above all I want to provide a perspective that, at times, might seem a bit grim, but is about understanding the living, breathing, amorphous nature of a modern city and its (sub)culture – its past, present and future all rolled into one, including the bits many of us like to ignore or forget. I wanted to do this through pictures, with a minimum of words: words can be twisted, disputed or hijacked, but there’s truth in a photograph, even if that truth is different for each person viewing it.
Kieran Hamilton – Glasgow, UK
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“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”