All works © Elena Nassati 2018

EMPTY PLACES|ANONYMOUS

  In a sense, the city is the collective memory of its citizens. For many scholars, the traces of the past and their coexistence with the new urban landscapes are a testimony to the complexity of modern cities. Marc Augé, in his essay “Non-Places”, uses this term to describe places of transience that do not hold enough significance for humans to be regarded as "places" (transport networks, airports, shopping centers, etc.) and do not draw their identity from the historical and collective experience.
  This photographic series captures empty stations in Athens, stressing out the concepts of transient sites, ephemeral and temporary. It attempts to capture the anonymity of human relations and the loneliness exuded, as man simply passes by the stations, waiting for a means in order to reach his final destination. It is a record of public spaces presented in a different way than the one we are accustomed. The subway and train stations are presented in hours without crowds. They look as if they were abandoned, creating a strong sense of desolation, due to the fact that we connect these spaces with crowd and noise. The abandoned stations are displaying an anonymous, brief and fleeting reality.


                                                                        2011