When the sun goes down, I raise my head toward the sky drawn by the sound of birds flying between the apartment buildings. I’ve noticed that at this particular hour, birds start chirping. There is a lot of noise over the city.

But the other day, something different happened. I heard a noise from the balcony across from mine. I saw that a bird was trapped and its friend was trying to save it.

It covered the voices of all the other birds in the sky. I tried to help them but I could not. Then I saw you through the window. My heart was beating fast, like that of a trapped bird caught by a human and very scared. I shouted at you but you did not hear. I left you a note. You were gone. I still have the note.

There is a place between cities and skies. I like going there again and again. It’s from this place that the birds begin to fly over the cities. Under the same sky, we are all so much the same and yet so different.

In the early days of radar, the echoes of many small targets were seen but poorly understood. These echoes were called “angels.” Now, we know that the angels were actually birds.

This project is dedicated to my “angels.”

Alexandra

Bio: Alexandra Riba is a photographer/cinematographer born (in 1997) in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a graduate of the School of Film Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has studied contemporary photography in Stereosis School of Photography (SPP). Her individual exhibition “Between Cities and Skies” was part of the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale 2023. She has exhibited her photographs in significant art spaces in Greece and abroad.
As a cinematographer, she has worked with director Nikos Kolioukos in the short film “The chaos she left behind” (Festival de Cannes 2024) and with Syllas Tzoumerkas in the short film “My mother is a saint” (Locarno Film Festival 2023). She has also worked in theater productions at Athens Epidaurus Festival, Onassis Stegi Foundation, National Theatre of Northern Greece.