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Bēhance

  • Market

  • Street markets and fairs are from the very beginning the physical place delegated to goods, services, information and social relationships exchange.For thousands of years have been the chance for contamination between remote environments.They've represented a formidable social glue which has enabled different communities to learn and plan their stay in a given territory,to reaffirm boundaries and establish connections.My work aims to visually investigate, with an anthropological eye, on the mesh up which occurs between different cultures in the street markets opposed to the malls and shopping centres.How people from different cultures currently do interact between themselves in a consumerist environment such as the modern marketpalces: street markets and malls.It wants to visually analyze different approaches applied by the costumers within these realities,the place itself and the sellers.The market community is often way different from the mall community, relationships are built and held in different ways,consumerism is experienced in such a diverse way: humanize and social in the first one and dehumanized on a sell-buy basis in the second."As anthropological places create the organically social,so nonplaces create solitary contractuality"M.Augè"Non-places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity"."In Africa lays a substantial distinction between the open air-fair market and the covered one.A covered market is a fixed location with its own architectonic shape,a vaguely planned construction, a group of seller who is always the same, also the costumers are always the same.(...)Street market is a totally different world: it's life, spontaneity, improvisation.A folkloristic festival an open air concert.(...)It's still a commercial place, but also is the meeting place,an occasion of escaping from daily monotone routine.(...)it's hard to back out of the impression that goods are a mere excuse to establish or keeping social contacts." Ryszard Kapuciski "Ebony"