Ruins Reversed (Open Call) | Eva Stamatiou (GR)

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Eva Stamatiou (GR)

Eva Stamatiou is an architect that specializes in concepts of representation, theory of architecture and critical cartography. Sheholds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Her work investigates the notion of ruin and fragment, as dialectical mechanisms of reconsidering the city, and socio-spatial phenomena of freedom, diversity and transition. Combining cartography, in-situ analysis, and theoretical approaches, attempts to reconstruct the existing space, through architectural representation and photography, while proposing alternative ways of approaching the remain.



Support: Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece

The current photo collection delves into all those marginal spaces of the city, from which the viewer’s gaze unconsciously turns away. It interprets the contemporary Athenian landscape as a field of increased entropy - increased self-destruction - , in which continual processes of collapse and construction take place, successively and simultaneously. The fragmented urban fabric, urban voids and ruined topologies, however, are not seen as a final condition, but as a dynamic and ever-changing field of investigation and contemplation, which includes the heterogeneous, the radical and the abnormal.

Walter Benjamin, in his writings, is considered as a rag-picker of history and seeks all those objects that resist their incorporation into the eternal narrative progress. By gathering 'historical waste’, he creates dialectical images - constellations, capable of cracking the barriers of thought. In the same way, the architectural waste of the city functions as raw material that contributes to the creation of such images, while the cracks in the body of the city open up parallel levels of meaning. As a result, this collection is an open project that attempts to re-imagine the city through these rejected topologies - through the amalgam of urban material, the scattered fragments and the dynamic of its emptiness.

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