NOT GOING OUT
"Not Going Out" is an ongoing collaborative project led by artist Razvan Popa, exploring the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on social life through multimedia investigations. Initially, Popa worked with a small group of people who formed his support bubble to highlight the significant changes brought about by the pandemic on going out. The project then progressed to launch an open invitation to the public, resulting in participation from individuals in the United Kingdom and Romania.
Through his research on participatory photography, Popa found inspiration from practitioners such as Pablo Di Prima, Guen Fiore, and Ina Lekiewicz, whose contemporary work he highly respected. Their influence pushed Popa to refine the project's concept, context, and execution, exploring new post-processing techniques, mastering new photographic and filming techniques, and focusing on the details to produce high-quality work.
The project's final piece is a public online page on Razvan Popa's website, consisting of a gallery of photographs and a designated section featuring a short documentary. The project aimed to give individuals who were unable to socialize with their friends during the pandemic a representative voice to express what they felt they had lost.
The methodology of the project involved networking to invite people to participate, with the initial stage being a series of self-portraits where Popa got ready to go out but instead lay on his bed. The pilot study laid the groundwork for the main project, and Popa developed a list of requirements for participants based on their practical contributions to the investigation. He photographed collaborators using a pop-up studio in their own bedroom and asked them to take part in a short-filmed interview about their thoughts on going out during the pandemic.
Popa launched a platform on his website, inviting the general public to participate in the project by taking a series of self-portraits or assisted self-portraits of themselves being ready to go out in their own bedroom and responding to the proposed questions. Popa organized several recorded Zoom meetings with participants to gain further insights into their personal views of social life during lockdown. The submissions underwent post-production editing, with photographs and videos being harmoniously assembled together with other footage to fit the project's concept.
Interviewing collaborators was an essential part of the project, accompanying the photographs in the body of work to allow the audience to explore the proposed concept further. Watching the video offered viewers the opportunity to see a more personal approach to the multimedia process, highlighting the development of this collaboration.