Alexandros Lambrovassilis considers photography, first and foremost as a tool for exploration and discovery on visual perception and the processes happening behind the camera, in the human brain where meaning is created from all which lay in front of our eyes. His focus -towards the development of an intriguing and engaging visual narrative- is on the role of photography in our collective understanding of the world we live. Lambrovassilis investigates, to what extend we visually discover the world rather than repeat and reaffirm it like a Visual Mantra? In the fall of 2017 Alexandros completed an assignment for a permanent installation at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in DC.
In this exploration of Ellinikon, I follow a thread of collective memory and personal curiosity, reliving and photographing the landmass, the remains of human activity, and the symbols of an era that has come to an end. I stumble upon bittersweet visions of a once familiar public space.
Ellinikon shut down its operations at the end of March 2001, when Athens’ new airport Eleftherios Venizelos was completed in the area of Spata. Parts of Ellinikon’s infrastructure were left to decay, before the turmoil of the current financial crisis forced consequent Greek governments to seek investors interested in acquiring it for its underlying real estate value.