Photo by Giulia Flavia Baczynski The space that surrounds us takes shape in our mind. It leads us to envisage a world map. “Close space” allows us to inspect Mantua’s monumental architecture, taking inspiration from the concept of “personal distance”, a concept developed by proxemics, the discipline that studies human space in relation to communication. “Personal distance” is the space where it is possible for us to extend an arm and grasp a person in front of us. Here the “other” is represented by the architectural space in which we move, often in a distracted way, without taking notice of it. To grasp does not literally mean to touch, but to establish a connection with the object, place, the space we are physically immersed in. It is an attempt to understand our relation to architecture and the role we play in this relation. Giulia Flavia Baczynski was born in Verona in 1982. She graduated in architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. During her university years she became interested in photography and in the representation of the space generated and inhabited by man. During the years to come the concept of space, urban, rural, imaginary or conceptual, became the focus of her research. She worked for architects, university professors and cultural associations, also carrying out her own projects that have been exhibited in Italy and abroad. She has also published many of her works.