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Athens, Greece, 2016

Curated by Nora Okka

Photography by AKA

ELLENIT, the commercial name of the greek corrugated sheets used in construction consisting of a mixture of cement and asbestos fibers, was a cheap, relatively paltry material ultimately criminalized due its carcinogenic asbestos content.

The widespread use of ELLENIT, mainly as roofs, sheds, etc., morphologically marked the outskirts of Greek cities and a large part of the provinces during the intense urbanization and unregulated reconstruction period of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

The material is culturally and socially interesting: we resurrect it by altering its use through a synthesis of its old familiar shape with a new geometric and morphological treatment.

Recycling isn’t defined simply through reuse and repositioning.  It is also definedby the creation of a new identity and interpretation, as well as the generation of a new emotion through the memory of a previous image within an original composition.