CM: Eleni Mouzakiti's series under the title In Limbo includes ten grids of twelve pictures. Through this series of photographs taken in the London underground during the years 2000 and 2005 Mouzakiti explore the notion of 'absorption' in the public realm. This notion accords with Georg Simmel's (1858-1918) theory of the city as a source of emotional distress for its people that causes an intensification of nervous stimulation, which results in what he calls the 'blasé outlook', the typical outlook of city people. In the subway we seem to ignore that other people are observing us. The presence of a photographer seems to be ignored as well. However, at the same time, Mouzakiti wonders whether we have to do with a kind of 'theatricality', whether by being conscious of our roles as subjects under observation we pretend to be absorbed. Mouzakiti did not use a hidden camera as other photographers did (starting with Walker Evans and most recently Luc Delahaye) as she was not after an objective recording or 'truth'. However, her result with In Limbo resembles theirs.
[Megakles Rogakos 04/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens