2009 - 2019
The Hotels project is a personal capture of the ephemeral stay in hotels that has evolved over a decade. This series includes self-portraits, interiors of close-up and distant shots, suburban landscapes and countryside.
Athanasia Papadopoulou negotiates the question of identity and time in her brief stays in rooms free from the imprints of the past. She can identify and describe herself in the hotel's transitional space, re-read the ever-changing relations in her and find signs of time and sequence. In other words, in an effort to see herself as she really is, she looks for older traces and incarnates herself. It's about the look of a woman who seems sometimes captivated, sometimes catatonic, and yet determined to look in the mirror, isolating the noise of familiar formations. Between half-eaten dishes and crumpled beds she gives us a powerful look at a tough time and focuses on the question of self-determination with the simplest photographic means.
The photos were created using a medium format analog camera, a writing component that consciously prefers to illuminate the real with its cracks and not its icy imprint.
Athanasia Papadopoulou was born in 1972 in Thessaloniki.
She studied contemporary photography at the photo center "Stereosis" (2004 -2006). She has presented her work in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad, as well as in the Greek press.