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Curry + Mayer

This week's feature is Goodbye Romania by Ian Curry and Maria Mayer. "By visiting this site you will destroy it. Each visit will remove one pixel from these photographs." We asked Maria about this beautiful exploration of the temporal nature of memory.

"We do see the site as a metaphor for the temporariness of a lot of things in life. Of memories, of the sense of how we value certain things, etc.. For me it is a personal goodbye to Romania, I was born there and I had to leave under somewhat traumatizing circumstances about 20 years ago. So MY Romania is disappearing little by little. This is one background for the work. For Ian, the internet plays a really big role and he is interested in the phenomenon of the indiscriminate mass use of it. We wanted to provide a ground where the user actually gets back the responsibility: you look at this site and it was an impact. Like being a mass tourist somewhere beautiful, you always take away something that can't be brought back, like the innocence of a place."

"The stories are made up but they could have happened just like that."

During a string of Fridays we featured a single work from a photographer, with a link to his or her online portfolio and a few words.