Concrete is a collective of five female documentary photographers from five European countries who joined forces in January 2014:
Uta Beyer from Germany, based in Kurdistan,
Lara Ciarabellini from Italy, based in Brasil,
Maria Moschou from Greece, based in France,
Gunta Podina from Latvia, based in Sweden &
Christina Vazou from Germany/Greece, based in Greece.
We met while studying at London School of Communication towards an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Using the strengths of every individual member, we ￼create prospects that would not be possible if we were on our own. Most of all, we share information & exchange ideas, genuinely helping each other.
We have participated in exhibitions in London, Berlin, Tsiblisi, Dublin, & Riga in July 2016. Currently working on a collaborative project on “Women and online Identity”.
cover photo by Uta Beyer
In the shadows cast from the strong Aegean light, silence becomes deeper and stronger when at the foot of a volcano-island. Greek mythology recounts how a sea God created the island in a rage, how a Titan lives in the volcano and how he cannot help himself but surrender to his destructive powers.
Memories aren’t just in the buildings, or the rocks they’re made up of. Memories are in this village’s ruins: the buildings destroyed by the earthquake give shape to what no longer exists; as if the village is determined to revert to it’s original self before man ever existed.
This constant Sense of Absence is echoed in the details of the forgotten lives: homes abandoned by families, a village abandoned by its community.
Today, the ones who stayed behind try to bring back to life what once was and will be again, but history’s imprint on the island is part of an eternal life identity; one where the personal significance of being is weighted in terms of yesterday, today and tomorrow..
Village of Emporio, Nisyros Island, Greece, 2009
A collage of snapshots from various living spaces. A collection of objects through a period of transit. Objects, basically meaningless and of low-value, but of great importance to the people who own them and to the places where they belong.