ECLIPSE

The Olympic Games in Athens were overwhelming. Reflectively looking at insignificant objects, people and events, these images offer an alternate view of the Games - not the spectacular, attractive instances of sports reporting but, off the edges of the spectacle, an incomplete event, burned out, covered up, out of focus. The images eclipse the Olympics in the same way that the Games eclipsed Athens in August 2004.
They do not favor darkness, but seek the silence, distraction and imminence that sweeps over a place and people during an eclipse: the unbearable sense of things about to happen.

Text: Petros Babasikas



Photographs:

Outdoor Group Photography Exhibition on Building facades of the Historic Center of Athens for the Olympics, Catch the Light: Routes through Athens: Amalias 22 (Zappeion), and Kotzia Square, Athens Greece.
Screening:
Voies Off Festival, Arles France.

08.2004