The series Big depression consists of two dozen photographs shot using an old bellows camera in wet plate collodion and two dozen digital blow-ups that depict abandoned, slowly deteriorating objects of until only recently active factories of Novoles near Novo mesto, Novoteks in Kranj, Tovarna dušika Ruše and Tisk časopisov in revij Delo that all went bankrupt and were closed between 2012 and 2013. Besides picturing the exterior of production halls and weeds growing around them, interiors and objects which are slowly getting covered with dust, Borut Peterlin focuses on details that document the human presence and let us sense stories of people who used to work there: a pair of gloves left on a bench, shoes on a wardrobe, pots and spoons for cooking coffee left on the side of a basin, calendar with handwritten notes. Those are workers’ stories and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that if their faces were shown, they would resemble the Migrant mother (Dorothea Lang) from 1935, a symbol of consequences that Great Depression had on people.
Borut Peterlin: from the series Great Depression, 2012–2013. © Borut Peterlin.
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