2015 - 2017

Pendulum is the visual approach of a return journey to the city of L'Aquila in central Italy. In 2009 a strong earthquake destroyed the city and caused an open wound on its body. I moved there a few years after the disaster, in order to work as an architect in the reconstruction of the city, but in reality it was a return to the place where my parents met in 1977, to my fictitious roots. During my stay, I experienced the post-seismic terrain in a very bizarre way. The sense of familiarity I had developed in my fainted childhood memory collided with the uncanny new condition the city was in. The quake's vibrations and its resonance created a rupture in my memory. I tried to heal this rupture by capturing photographically its imprints and its aftermath, as a process of re-writing this place in my memory, as a personal quest to restore my relationship with L'Aquila.

Pendulum book was self-published in Athens, Greece, in February 2019.

Athens Photo Festival 17: Young Greek Photographers
Medphoto Festival 2018-2019: Critical Archives III: Identities
Athens Photo Festival 19: Young Greek Photographers | 2010-2018
Athens Photo Festival 19: Photobook Exhibition
Plateau034: An exploration of greek self-published photobooks
Sikinos Vol.II, Athens Zine Biblioteque 2019
Athens Art Book Fair 2020

‘Pendulum’ at Benaki Museum, Athens 2017

‘Pendulum’ at MoMus Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki 2019

‘Pendulum’ book part of the exhibition PLATEAU 34, at Zoetrope, Athens 2019

‘Pendulum’ book at Athens Art Book Fair


C41 Magazine Issue 8 - Memory, IT

‘Pendulum’ at C41 Magazine

Aldebaran, GR
Then there was us, UK
Gup Magazine, BE
Kaltblut Magazine, DE
Kiosk der Demokratie, DE
News Town, IT
Lifo, GR
Phroom Magazine, IT
The Greek Foundation, GR
Virtu Quotidiane, IT

‘Pendulum’ at ‘Then there was us’, UK 

Urbanautica (by Georges Salameh), IT
Pellicola (by Costanza Francesconi), IT
Poli-K (by Giannis Kontos), GR
It’s Nice That (by Rebecca Irvin), UK
Beater (by Sofia Topi), GR
Photologio (by Kelly Andreadi), GR

A conversation with Costanza Francesconi at Pellicola Magazine

An interview by Rebecca Irvin at ‘It’s Nice That’

19-04-19  Stereosis School of Photography, Thessaloniki, GR
09-05-19 Grace, Athens, GR
26-09-19 Libreria Polarville, L’Aquila, IT
09-01-20 Stegi, Kavala, GR

poster by Grace/Athens for ‘Pendulum’ presentation

presentation at GRACE, Athens (photo by Antonis Theodoridis)

poster for ‘Pendulum’ presentation at Polarville bookstore, in L’Aquila, Italy

presentation at Polarville bookstore, in L’Aquila, Italy (photo by Francesco Paolucci)

presentation at Stegi, Kavala, Greece (photo by Ilias Koumoulidis)

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Stefania Orfanidou