With her series El terreno se vuelve a mover, Argentinian photographer Coni Rosman creates a visual diary documenting the homes of 19 different strangers, which she inhabited over the course of 10 months. Gathered in an independently published book, her pictures explore the relationship between people and the spaces they occupy.
Coni Rosman’s luggage was light when she left home. She sold everything except her camera and started living in and taking care of other people’s houses. This radical choice evolved into ten months of pondering the meaning of living space.
She kept her camera because photography brings her stability. Throughout her long trek, her camera was the stable ground under her feet. “One day I had a fever and couldn’t take pictures of the house I was about to leave. It reminded me of time on an airplane, that time that is a-spatial, that time in-between”. She developed her first film when she was eight, and since then photography has become a way to relate to her surroundings. “My pictures are the morning light, they are the night sky before going to bed”.
For 10 months the photographer slept in other people’s beds, had breakfast in their kitchens, became the protagonist on their stages. Rosman told us that living in spaces she didn’t own gave her a feeling of stability. “It is not objects that create a home. It is rather your way of living them, of dreaming in their beds, cooking on their fires”. Her photographic work is a record of this journey. Her corners and reflected lights are what stay stable when the land shakes, “cuando el terreno se vuelve a mover”.
Images from “El terreno se vuelve a mover” © Coni Rosman