About his project says Luca: I imagined a deserted city, abandoned by its inhabitants. The worst-case scenario in which the economic crisis has forced citizens to leave the place where they live. It’s a work in between the documentation of reality (in some photographs the buildings photographed are truly abandoned, image 03, 05) and a projection of the concerns and the possible scenarios related to the current crisis. Young people emigrate abroad (image 08, Polytechnic of Athens), the empty city (image 02, 04, 10), the tourists abandon the idea of visiting the country (image 01, 07) in the streets there are signs of the clashes with the police and social conflict (picture 09, at dawn after a night of clashes between police and anarchists in the Exarchia). I shoot this series during the Referendum days, when the chance of winning of the “NO” vote was regarded as the end of the Greek state overnight. I just had to choose the right times when the town emptied as every day, at sunrise and sunset, to take these photographs and create a surreal and ironic imagery.
Luca Quagliato, born in Milan in 1988. After high school he studied photography at the CFP Riccardo Bauer, graduating in 2008. Parallel to the activity of a freelance photographer from 2009 to 2013 contributed to LINKE lab, doing fine art print and organizing events such as workshops, book presentations and photo exhibitions. Currently focused in documentary photography, he lives between Milan and Athens, developing a long term project about contemporary Greece and a project about land pollution on northern Italy. His work was published on Libération, The Washington Post, Repubblica, Il Fotografo.