In the summer of 2012, I was invited by decaARCHITECTURE, an architectural office based in Athens, to collaborate on a project for an installation in the Greek pavilion at the Venice architecture Biennale.
The project comprised of 24 architectural box-shaped models of Athenian bedrooms, each one attached to it a small slide film viewfinder, where in the manner of a keyhole, the viewer could ‘peep’ into a photograph of the same space.
During two months, we scouted, visited and documented bedrooms all around the city, ranging from social housing, a squat, a university student’s bedroom, immigrant lodging, a luxurious flat, an urban hip loft, a brothel to mention a few. Out of all the people we got in contact with, met in the street or in cafes in order to get access into their bedrooms, very few refused to share their spaces with us.
‘Bedrooms’ was a documentation and a typological survey of very diverse habitats, in the midst of the Greek crisis and before the outbreak of Airbnb. The images highlighted demographics, social layering, as well as cultural diversity. Despite the absence of the inhabitants themselves, they revealed in their details, contrast and disparity, but also a common sharing of intimacy.
All images and text © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis
By Yiannis Hadjiaslanis