Photography: “Inner State” by Maria Mavropoulou

Stuck time during crisis period

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“危机往往出现于老将死,新未出的过渡时期,在这一时期,总是会出现各种各样的非正常现象。”

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born, in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

葛兰西 A.Gramsci

“内在状态”是摄影师在2014年至2016年之间创作的一系列照片,旨在记录希腊危机时期的生活感受。如今,在Covid-19疫情危机期间重新审视这些照片时,能感受到与当时相似的心情。总是会发生一些不可预测的变化,打破我们常规已知的生活。当前严峻的全球局势可能是一个重要契机,让我们意识到,不论由什么原因,自哪里引发的危机,团结,合作和同理心才是我们唯一的出路。

“Inner State” is a series of photographs that I created between 2014-2016 having in mind to document the feeling of living during an era of crisis, namely the Greek crisis. Revisiting these photographs nowadays, during the Covid-19 health crisis, I sense those same feelings of uncertainty and unpredictable change of fundamental aspects of everyday life as we used to know it. This current global situation may be an important moment to realize that no matter what causes a crisis, or where it takes place, solidarity, collaboration and compassion is our only way out.

▼用照片记录危机时期,photograph the crisis ©Maria Mavropoulou

时代更迭之际,空间似乎被停滞,世间的景象变得怪异,仿佛与现实世界切断了联系,等待着未知的命运。这些景象,也可看作是我们内心状态的一种写照。未来是模糊的,我们无法窥探即将发生的事情。

空旷的高速公路,田地里的太阳能电池板,未完工的建筑,腐烂的西瓜和破损的旗帜,似乎都陷于停滞的中间状态。照片描绘的现状,就像是被扭曲的过去。

In this stagnant space, in this gap between eras, landscapes look bizarre, cut off the real world, pending for their unknown fate, as a visualization of the inner state of their inhabitants.The horizon is hidden, preventing us to see what’s yet to come.

Empty highways, solar panel fields, constructions left unfinished, rotten watermelons and torn flags seem stuck in an intermediate state, portraying the current situation, like distorted symbols of a bygone era of growth.

▼空旷的高速公路,empty highways ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼田地里的太阳能电池板,solar panel fields ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼积满灰尘的观众席,dusty auditorium ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼未完工的建筑,constructions left unfinished ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼腐烂的西瓜,rotten watermelons ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼破损的旗帜,torn flags ©Maria Mavropoulou

在远离城市战场的乡村,宁静的氛围中有一种微妙的神秘和可怕。照片上的影像就像新的废墟,无声的诉说着一些故事,但只有仔细观察的人才能听见。

当过去变得遥不可及,人们总是迷失方向。但回忆无法提供任何帮助,更不提虚无缥缈的期待。唯有事实本身,可以被触及。

In this serene rural scenery, far away from the city’s battlefield, there is a subtle feeling of uncannyness. The depicted structures stand as a kind of neo-ruins, all of them have a part of the story to tell, but we have to look closer to discover it.

Found in this situation of not being able to look forward while the past seems already distant and out of reach, disorientation is what one feels. Relying on expectations is not a choice, neither memories can provide a shelter。There is nothing certain except the situation itself.

▼宁静中的神秘与可怕,subtle feeling of uncannyness ©Maria Mavropoulou

▼废墟,ruins ©Maria Mavropoulou

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